Routines are essential to creating an environment in which students can work efficiently and independently. While Newsela can be used in a variety of ways and across all subject areas, there are specific guidelines for interacting with Newsela which set everyone up for success no matter how the resource is being used that day. Since students in the intermediate grades are transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn, establishing basic routines can help set students up for success in interacting with a variety of informational texts.
Newsela offers a wide variety of informational articles across many subject areas with new content added daily. While there is certainly something for everyone, having so much choice can, at times, be overwhelming for younger students. Since students are more apt to engage in reading that sparks their interest, having the teacher curate a collection of peer-suggested articles will limit the number of options available while still allowing for student choice.
Students will work to improve their reading comprehension with informational text by analyzing their reading scores on Newsela and then intentionally focusing on one reading skill at a time in order to make targeted improvements. These skills include: what the text says, central idea, people, places and events, word meaning and choice, text structure, point of view/purpose, multimedia, and arguments and claims.
A KWL chart shows students' knowledge of the content before reading, expresses what students are wondering about the dedicated topic, and showcases what students learned after reading about the topic on Newsela. KWL charts can be used with any Newsela article and across any subject area. Because KWL charts can be text-based or illustration-based, they are great for students of any age.
Newsela has so many different types of texts and topics that it can sometimes be difficult for students to figure out where to start. Newsela BINGO is an effective way to introduce students Newsela by having them explore the content on Newsela in a purposeful, fun way.