Teacher Review For PBS Newshour Extra

Great tool for finding current events with accompanying lesson plans and discussion questions.

Julia B.
Special Education Instructor
Ridge High School
Basking Ridge, NJ
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I used this website to build my students reading skills while in small groups. Each article comes with before, during, and after reading questions. I selected questions and adapted questions in order to better fit the needs of my students and then incorporated specific reading strategies (i.e. text connections, mind maps, Venn diagrams, etc).
My Take
This is a great teaching tool to build students informational reading comprehension skills. The questions that go along with each article are at each of Blooms Taxonomy levels making it easy to differentiate learning. Sometimes the articles were a little dry for students.