Teacher Review For Newsela

Great resource for quick identification of grade-level appropriate current events articles

Lynn S.
Dean of Student Life
The Montclair Kimberley Academy
Montclair, NJ
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Newsela is the quickest and easiest way to find an article about a recent event in the news that is at the appropriate reading level and length for my students. I use them as a starting point for a class discussion, or assign topics to individual students to read about and report back to the class. The website has online quizzes for some articles, but I have not used that feature.
My Take
The fact that I can specify topic, grade level and even the length of the article make this a no-brainer when it comes to finding articles for discussion of current events and to practice non-fiction reading skills. Saves countless hours of searching for and adapting articles myself for classroom use.