Newsela builds reading comprehension through leveled articles, real-time assessments, and actionable insights.  

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Newsela builds reading comprehension through leveled articles, real-time assessments, and actionable insights.  Launched in June 2013, Newsela publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using Newsela’s proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. The resources are designed to help develop nonfiction fluency and critical-thinking skills necessary for students to master the Common Core standards for informational text.

The original version of each text originates from a published news source including the Associated Press, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. In addition to the original version,Newsela presents each text at different Lexile levels which correspond to College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards Levels B-E.  These texts are organized by topics including war & peace, science, and health.

 Registration (free) is required.

Benefits and Uses

Newsela aligns to the CCR standards Key Advance 1 (Regular practice with complex text and its academic language) and Key Advance 3 (Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction).

The contemporary informational texts provided on this website will be useful in working with students to meet the level-specific expectations of the CCR standards for reading.

Use this site to:

  • Find appropriately complex non-fiction texts accompanied by multiple choice quiz and sample writing prompts
  • Build content knowledge on current events
  • Supplement existing curriculum resources
  • Connect historical or scientific topics with current events
  • Create your own text sets by pulling together multiple articles on the same topic
  • Access text sets created by other educators.

Most useful features:

  • High-interest texts appropriate for adult learners.
  • This site is particularly appropriate for instructors who are planning and implementing instruction in multi-leveled classrooms. Because each article is provided at all its varying Lexile levels, this site helps to ensure all students can build their knowledge about the same content.
  • After signing up to use the site, begin with the “Ovrview” section.
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