How I Use It
Newsela is a dynamic differentiation tool that can be used in many instructional situations.
For teaching explicit literacy skills, Newslea allows for all of your learners to be challenged at their level. Take for instance, vocabulary development. The level of vocabulary differs for each reader, based on the Lexile you choose. Very handy if you are using MAP data to inform your teaching.
Newsela can greatly support project based learning. High interest articles can be a good way to launch a project. And, since you can vary the reading level, all students can access the content. If students are doing a subject project, for instance, investigating health, they can use Newsela as a resource to get information on current health topics.
This has been an excellent tool from the start and it continues to develop further. I use the professional version, which allows me to gather data to inform instruction and help students to set goals and improve. As with any resource, it's important that it be used thoughtfully in instruction. Students still need explicit instruction on being skilled digital readers, and this tool is perfect to support that. I highly recommend it!