Students can use the Notice and Note strategy by acknowledging signposts to notice and mark important moments in the text that they are reading. This strategy, based on Kylene Beers & Robert Probst's Notice and Note protocol, helps students focus on six easy to remember signposts for close reading and to reflect on what they have read. They include: Contrasts and Contradictions, Ah-Ha Moments, Tough Questions, Words of the Wiser, Again and Again, and Memory Moment. Notice and Note can be applied to many different Newsela articles and a range of text topics and themes and provides an opportunity for students to enhance their annotation and critical thinking skills.
Analyzing and interpreting multimedia and text features is an important skill for secondary students to have and is applicable in all content areas. Often, students notice informational text features as they read but skip over these valuable sources of information. In this strategy, students analyze and explain the information presented in a chart, graph, map, cartoon, or infographic that accompanies an article and draw conclusions from them. Through using graphic organizers in this strategy, students can organize information and evidence they collect as they analyze an informational text feature in order to prepare to build their response.
A KWL graphic organizer is a useful tool for students to both demonstrate their background knowledge on a topic and then share their learning about a topic. The KWL chart can also be used with a variety of topics and across content areas. In this strategy for secondary students, teachers can explore how to incorporate a digital KWL chart for students to use as they analyze a Newsela text or Text Set. By using a KWL organizer, students are able to visually measure their understanding before and after reading a Newsela article in order to reflect on what they have learned.
Newsela provides an abundant supply of news articles which can give students the opportunity to research issues they care deeply about. Reading and researching these topics can help students relate to what they are learning as they plan to effect change in our world. Reading and Writing for Change does more than just help students improve literacy skills -- it helps students discover causes they feel passionately about, and write a letter to an influential person who can enact change so they can improve their own lives and, ultimately, our world.
Pairing texts about similar topics but written by different authors helps students to see differences in how authors approach a topic and ultimately analyze how a topic might be written about differently. In this strategy, students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast authors' styles, tones, and genres in order to make connections between the articles they are reading.