Differentiation in a Snap with Newsela

Differentiation.  We all understand how it valuable it is for our students' learning but finding high quality and high interest materials to actually use is a whole different story.  A mythical rainbows and unicorn type story.

I feel like I'm late to the Newsela party, but this site is amazing. What's not to love about a free site with high interest, quality non-fiction articles WITH ADJUSTABLE READABILITY LEVELS in English and Spanish?

Differentiation is easy with Newsela.  One click changes the readability level of the high interest articles on this free site.

I love how easy it is to change the readability level.  Click the Lexile level buttons on the side to select the text difficulty.  The grade level recommendation and word count is shown for each level.  Quizzes and writing prompts are included for each article.

There are two sites you can visit: Newsela and Newsela Elementary.  Both sites have overlapping content articles, but Newsela also inlcudes more current event type articles for middle and high school students.  Each site also has curated text sets on different topics like hurricanes, recycling, and monsters.

Newsela is free for students and teachers.  If you do want to take it to the next level with Newsela Pro, you can click here to see a chart that shows the difference between a free and paid Pro account.  The Pro account allows you to have more tracking and student/teacher interaction.

I'd love to hear how you're using Newsela in your classroom!

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  1. Just signed up for an account and found an article about a Halloween costume Disney stopped selling. Seems like a great way to incorporate the excitement of the holiday and still keep it educational. Thanks for the push!

    1. So glad you liked it! I love how Newsela has articles that are different from what kids are used to. That will definitely grab their interest this time of year!


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