Teacher Review for Smithsonian: TweenTribune

Variety of articles to engage students with nonfiction texts

James D.
Educator/Curriculum Developer
IdeaDriven Education
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, English-Language Learning
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
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
TweenTribune is similar to Newsela. I can assign stories to students or classes for students to read based on reading level or topic. Students can then take quizzes after reading to assess their reading comprehension. I can use the grade book function to monitor growth, check for problems in understanding, or to target instruction.
My Take
I don't like TweenTribune as much as Newsela. One element of it is the overall design aesthetic. It's not appealing to students, and they gravitate towards Newsela far more. Another aspect is the quizzes. I don't like the questions in them as much and find they are not as good as discussion starters for students. That said, this is an effective tool that provides a useful platform for teachers and students.