NewsELA is AWESOME!!! This is a Non-Fiction Literacy and Current Event website for your students. One of the best features on here is the ability to change the student lexile reading level. That feature alone can help you differentiate and level the articles for all your students of various levels. The second feature that is how it relates to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the Anchor Standards for English Language Arts – PLUS some articles have a quiz that is rigorous. Also,the quizzes occasionally have questions where the students have to use text evidence and click the paragraph or sentence the answer is located.
Did I mention that this is FREE? Yes, it’s all free and all you have to do is register and give your students the class signup code, then they sign up themselves. Another thing is that it works on tablets, PCs, or other handheld devices.
Teachers can assign articles for students to read and take their quizzes on. It keeps all the data in your “Binder” and show what standards the students are doing well or struggling. My students really like the articles because they are highly interesting, current topics/events. They are separated into these topic areas: War & Peace, Science, Law, Money, Kids, and Health.
I have really liked having classroom discussions on certain articles and having them write some opinion/argumentative writing. They share and provide evidence from the article or their personal knowledge to support their argument, which is very powerful and fits right in with the CCSS.
Sign up and get your students reading some great non-fictional articles to peek their interest in current events happening around the globe.