How do your students discover current events? If they're like many of their peers, they may have virtually constant internet access, either on a school or home computer, tablet or smartphone. Because they are being exposed to information from a variety of sources — some of which may not be appropriate or in a context they can understand — it can be difficult to find the right way to help them process what they learn about these events.
When it comes to seeking out more information, traditional news sources like CNN or The New York Times might be above many students' heads, while more informal current events sites like Buzzfeed may not be suitable for a school setting (or even particularly reliable).
Newsela bridges that gap by providing news stories that are deliberately curated and written for all levels of learners, from grades 2-12.
How does Newsela work?
Experienced journalists provide substantial, well-written stories with local and global relevance, with three new articles published every day. This ensures that there's always fresh and timely content, which is especially beneficial for teachers who want to cover current events but don't have the time or resources to research stories, or for those who have students at varying levels.
Articles are available in English and Spanish, and are sourced from the Associated Press, Scientific American, The McClatchy Company, Tribune Content Agency and The Washington Post.
Newsela also offers other features, including an iOS app, quizzes for each article, an archive of more than 1,000 stories organized by level and subject matter and an assessment tool for teachers to help track the progress of the class.
Simple sign up process
Signing up for Newsela is easy and free, with separate accounts available for teachers, parents and students. After teachers register, they will be prompted to set up a classroom, add their students and assign articles.
How to use Newsela in your classroom
- Assign students reading for discussion in a later class
- Teach current events through assigned articles
- Have students read an article of their choosing and lead a discussion on it
- Cater to advanced and remedial readers without social stigmas
- Quizzes help teach the habit of re-reading which leads to stronger readers