Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Five Reasons to Use Newsela

All faculty now have free access to Newsela, a website chock full of leveled reading materials. Signing up is as easy as entering your LaGuardia email address and choosing a password. This wonderful resource could be used in class, in the computer lab or as homework. Have you used it yet? If so, leave a comment and share your experiences.

1. Create differentiated reading lessons
Newsela allows you to assign the same reading to a class of learners at five different levels. Print the readings out, or read them in a computer lab or on phones in the classroom.The class can all discuss the same topic, based on their leveled reading.
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2. Read primary sources
Access seminal historical documents in the primary sources library, including: The Declaration of Independence, MLK’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail and Herodotus on Making of a Mummy. They also have libraries of biographies of influential people and famous speeches.
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3. Use a thematic text set
The Newsela thematic “text set” allows your class to read nine or more articles on the same topic. You can also create your own “text set” with articles that stand out to you on the site.

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4. Assign articles to students with one click
After you create and invite students into a Newsela class, you can easily send links to articles to all students in the class at once.

5. Utilize writing prompts and quizzes
Every article has an accompanying writing prompt and an online quiz (also provided at give levels). If you create a “class” on Newsela, you can track your students’ quiz results on the backend.





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