Teacher Review For Newsela

Newsela Current Informational Text For Students

Patricia B.
Technology coordinator
Old Bonhomme Elementary School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Newsela is creative way to build reading comprehension with informational text that's always relevant: current events. It's easy and innovative. Newsela is free through Google Apps, and allows for unlimited use of articles. There are about 4 published articles per day on a current event. The beautiful thing about this tool is it allows you to take one article and differentiate it to up to 5 different lexile levels. All of your students can read the same content, just at the level just right for them. Amazing... The website has a bank of articles, and it will automatically change vocabulary and sentence structure.
My Take
This tool allows for teachers to have students read informational text at a reading level that works for them. Students can all read the same article at different levels. I think its a great product. The articles are current events.