Teacher Review for Newsela

This is a great resource, but the opinion pieces should always have both sides of the issues so that the students can judge for themselves. We are nurturing independent thinkers, so they should not be "fed" only the opinions that liberal newsela wants.

Beth B.
Classroom teacher
Brighton High School
Brighton, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
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 Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
These articles are great for finding the central idea and evidence. Most are high interest articles. I use them whole group and small group. We have class discussions, as well.
My Take
I have a problem with the very left leaning opinion pieces, though. I almost never can find a counter-opinion to present to the class. We want to teach the students to think for themselves..... Not regurgitate one sided articles. Newsela should only publish opinions in an even handed fashion. Teachers need both sides to present to the students!