Teacher Review for Newsela

NEWSELA for Research!

Aspen M.
Classroom teacher
Forest Hills Middle School
Sidman, United States
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My Grades 9
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this product for non-fiction articles in terms of reading them and writing responses. I have also used them and curated text sets for informational literacy based on what content I'm teaching, or for research. For example, I created a text set for Shakespeare which was extremely helpful in terms of providing historical information and contemporary views on Shakespeare and his works. The students were able to access and read content-specific information for the ELA discipline. Newsela is user-friendly, and I appreciated the fact that the reading levels of the articles are based on student readability as they read and respond to articles over time.
My Take
I am a Newsela Certified Teacher Trainer, and I think that this is a great tool that offers many opportunities for professional development. It's a great instructional tool. There are some topics and resources I wish they had more articles on, but if you're looking for information pertaining to works in the canon, they're all readily accessible.