The Top Ten Things That I Like About Newsela
7th and 8th grade ELA/History, Ocean Shore
1. Newsela can adjust to each student's reading level. After students take a few quizzes, Newsela will present the assigned article to students at the level that is appropriate for them. Students can see the various levels, and can move up or down if they choose.
2. Newsela has reading quizzes and writing prompts attached to each article, and will grade the quizzes for you. Of course, you still have to grade the writing assignments. However, you can enter a score from 1-4 for the writing response, and Newsela will keep track of it for you.
3. If you use Google classroom, Newsela will import your classes. If you don't, you can give a code to students that they can use to "join" your Newsela classrooms. You don't have to enter students one by one.
4. Newsela provides summaries like this for each article you assign, so that it is easy to see how your class is doing overall.
Article Title: Young CEO quit Stanford to create navigation system for self-driving cars
AVG ARTICLE GRADE LEVEL 6.8 TOTAL STUDENT VIEWS 30/31
AVG. TIme IN ARTICLE 12:55 AVG. QUiz SCORE 71%
5. Newsela will track student progress over time, providing information about average reading level of the articles chosen, average time spent per article, average time spent reading the article, and the average quiz score.
Student name Article Level Avg. # of Articles Read Average Time Quiz Average
Jane Doe 7.9 6 7:20 min 84%
6. Newsela has lots of topical articles to choose from as well as information about historical, literary, and cultural figures and events.
7. You can use Newsela's text sets on various topics, or save your own articles into a text set that you create.
8. It's user friendly, for me. It goes without saying that it's easy to use for my seventh and eighth graders!
9. The kids seem to like it, or at least, not hate it.
10. It's fun!
PSD is currently funding the "Pro" version for grades 6-8.
Earlier grades have access to the "free" version which offers many useful capabilities.