Teacher Review for Newsela

All the Good Stuff is Hidden Behind Paywall

Beth E.
Classroom teacher
Harmony School of Innovation
San Antonio, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Small group
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Newsela all the time last year. The shining start of the product was how I could easily adjust the reading level so I immediately had diverse reading material. I found that the activities which are just quizzes and a sparse question weren't really deep but it was a great resource for a quick comprehension quiz. The stories are always interesting and fun and not too long. I also liked using them for homework.
My Take
I went to use it today and found it very unwieldy and hard to use as an ELA teacher. I want to be able to practice targeted skills and since they took the reading skill search away from free accounts, I won't be using it anymore which is a shame because I loved it.