Teacher Review For Newsela

Good for classes with various reading levels.

Tricia L.
Special Education Instructor
Martinsburg High School
Martinsburg, WV
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Newsela allows teachers to assign current event articles to students with a variety of reading levels. The levels are determined according to the student's Lexile score. So the entire class can read the same basic article but at their reading level. Whole class discussions can be facilitated without leaving low reading level students out or higher reading level students feeling unchallenged. I have used this to enhance current event discussions.
My Take
Newsela is an effective tool for addressing multiple reading levels in one classroom. It allows all students to be able to effectively participate in class discussions without being singled out by reading level. Primarily, Newsela is substitution for print articles - it doesn't engage the reader in higher level technology applications. Unfortunately, in order to move into the augmentation level of technology, a paid subscription is required. I use Newsela in my classroom quite often and really appreciate the access to a wide variety of current event articles but there are limitations to it's use as a digital tool.