Teacher Review For Newsela

Nonfiction Needs for Social Studies

Michael G.
Classroom teacher
Bayshore Middle School
Leonardo, NJ
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My Grades 6, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
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
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Newsela is a transformative program that allows students to investigate nonfiction articles, at their own pace and lexile. I use Newsela in my Social Studies classes not just for current events, but as activities that support my curriculum and lesson plan. I can assign article quizzes that I use as a means of formative assessments, as well as the writing prompts to gauge student comprehension. I can honestly say that I am more than happy with the product and I do not have a negative critique about it. Recently, I have been comparing student results with their English teachers and have helped develop more individualized lessons to promote skill development for all students. Students, on heir own volition, began using Newsela articles as a database to assist in researching.
My Take
I believe that Newsela is a necessary addition for any school district. It adjusts readability levels, quizzes, and writing prompts for all students. It houses data that can be used by teachers for directing instruction. If you have any questions or ideas, the staff always responds positively and in a timely manner. Like stated before, I have no negative critiques at this time.