NEWSELA: Making Modification Come Alive in Your Classroom!
Type of technology: Website
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: K-12
Subject area: English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
I know for me, personally, I often find it hard to plan for students who range in SRI levels. This year, in my classroom, I have 5th grade students ranging from SRI levels of 300-1200. I often find myself asking questions like: How do you make sure each student is able to do the work? How do you make sure that they are comprehending what they are reading?
This year, I came across a great website called, NEWSELA. It eased my anxiety about meeting the needs of all of my students. The website is: newsela.com and you can set up an account. There is a 30-day free trial, where you can use all of the bells and whistles from the “pro” account if you choose to update. In the 30-day PRO Trial, you can create classes, add students with access codes, and keep track of quiz scores all online. For me personally, I found myself being perfectly fine just using the free account all yearlong without keeping track of students online.
What exactly is NEWSELA?
It is a website that takes nonfiction articles (directly from , and levels them according to Lexile scores. Below is a picture of an article posted, June 1, 2016. On the right hand side, there are 5 different Lexile Levels: 510, 840, 1050, 1210, and MAX. If you click on any of these options, you will see how the article is changed for the different levels. This works out really nicely if you run rotation groups for Language Arts.
What is the Quiz?
The quiz is a short, 4 question multiple choice answer quiz, that checks the comprehension of the article. My students like these. I usually print them out, or mirror them on my APPLE TV and we take them together, eliminating wrong answer choices.
What is the WRITE section?
Depending on the Lexile measure that you have chosen, there are different extension questions, that are good for quick-writes. These go along with the article.
Where do these articles come from?
These articles come from many sources: LA Times, NY Times, Scientific American, Huffington Post, TIMES, and many more great resources. They are adapted by the NEWSELA staff, and make it appropriate for the different grade/SRI levels.
I hope you find this resource as user-friendly and useful as I did. I look forward to using it more in the future.