Teacher Review for Newsela

Finally! News differentiated by Lexile levels!

Leah K.
Technology Training/Integration Specialist
Cobb County School District
Marietta, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I am currently an Instructional Technology Specialist; however, NewsELA is a resource I consistently recommend to ELA teachers as well as Social Studies teachers who focus more on Geography and Current Events. NewsELA enables teachers to quickly find articles by searching and then to view the articles in multiple Lexile levels. Differentiation becomes MUCH easier utilizing NewsELA. This resource also provides quick assessments, and teachers can assign articles and assessments to students to do at home. Further, NewsELA has "Text Sets," which are tied to particular topics and are refreshed periodically.
My Take
Overall, I love NewsELA. The ease with which articles are found and differentiated by Lexile levels makes differentiation within a large class so much faster. The assessment questions are not always the best, and I have had many reports from teachers that when assigning articles for students to read at home, they are frequently finding that students are simply "Google-ing" the answers instead of actually reading the article and finding the answers themselves. Regardless, NewsELA provides a valuable resource for use within a classroom with multiple levels of readers. Just use it with caution if you assign the article to read at home!