Teacher Review For Newsela

Offers Informational Articles That Kids Love to Read (and Talk About) at Various Levels

Christi C.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I frequently use Newsela as a source for current news and controversial topics. Often Newsela articles will supplement a unit of study since they have such a range of interesting articles. I love that Newsela takes on tough topics; many other sites that provide teen friendly news shy away from topics that are contentious. That's the stuff that gets kids excited to read! Keep it up Newsela! My one complaint: I teach a reading intervention class, and most articles (even at their lowest available Lexile) are too hard for my students without further modification/scaffold from me. Provide a lower Lexile on ALL articles, please!
My Take
Newsela is a great source of informational text. I wish it were more gamified, so I would have an incentive to use it online (rather than just print the articles) and offered lower Lexiles (so I wouldn't have to print and modify them).