Newsela One Page Poster for Elementary Students

Students will create a one-page visual representation of a Newsela article
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One-Page Poster Overview

About This Strategy

A one-page poster allows students to put together a creative, visual representation to demonstrate their understanding of any Newsela article or text. This versatile assignment can be used across many subject areas and tweaked to fit nearly any learning target.

Before Reading Implementation Steps

Teacher Preparation and Planning:

  1. This assignment can be used with a teacher-assigned article or a self-selected article. If the teacher would like students to create a one-page poster on the same topic, they should select a relevant article or Text Set from Newsela and assign it to their students.

  2. Decide what components students will be required to include in their one-page poster. Some basic components of a one pager include:

    • Title of article

    • The main idea of the article written as a complete sentence

    • Three key words

    • Visual representation of the article

  3. Newsela PRO users can create an assignment using the article or Text Set and write the directions for the assignment in the Instructions portion.

  4. Non-Newsela PRO users can write the directions for the assignment on the board in the classroom or create a handout with the directions for students to use.

  5. Create a rubric to assess each part of the one-pager. See sample rubric in the resource section below.

Student Preparation:

  1. Go over the directions for creating a one-page poster with students, and show them an example poster if there is one available (see sample poster in the resource section below).

  2. Review the rubric so students know exactly what is expected of them

  3. Show students how to access the required article or Text Set that they will read.

During Reading Implementation Steps

  1. Have students read the article in its entirety.

  2. PRO users can have students use the annotation feature to take notes as they are reading. A sample color guide is:

    • Red - key words (annotate why they think this word is important)

    • Green - main idea (annotate why they think this is the main idea)

    • Blue - ideas for the visual representation of the article

    • Yellow - free choice: any other information students find interesting or pertinent to the assignment

  3. Non-PRO users can have students use a graphic organizer to take notes while they are reading (see sample graphic organizer in the resource section below). An alternate option would be to print the article and have students use markers or highlighters to annotate the text using the annotations above.

After Reading Implementation Steps

  1. Students will use the notes they took while they were reading to create a one-page visual representation of their comprehension of the text.

    • Depending on the amount of information students are required to include, they can use anything from a standard sheet of paper to a poster-sized piece of paper for their one-page poster.

    • Consult A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers from The Cult of Pedagogy in the resource section below for more ideas and tips for creating one pagers. 

  2. Once posters are finished, have students meet in small groups to share their posters with one another. While they are sharing they should look for connections between their own poster and those of their classmates. Once everyone has had a chance to share their poster, they should discuss how their posters are similar and how their posters are different.

  3. Once all students have had a chance to share with their small group they can share with the whole group or do a gallery walk of all the posters that were created. To learn more about gallery walks, consult the Newsela Gallery Walk with Secondary Students strategy in the BetterLesson lab.

Recommended Newsela Texts or Text Sets

Oh, Hello: How We Communicate & Why Words Matter

  • Grade Level: 2-8
  • Content Area: ELA

Women in Math

  • Grade Level: 4-8
  • Content Area: Math

Heroes in History

  • Grade Level: 4-8
  • Content Area: Social Studies

FOSS Science Unit - Energy

  • Grade Level: 3-5
  • Content Area: Science

Vocational Studies: STEM

  • Grade Level: 3-8
  • Content Area: STEM

EL Modification

While language can be difficult to learn, illustrations can be universal. By using this strategy. students are able to create a visual representation of their learning without worrying about grammar, vocabulary, or spelling hindering their thoughts.


  • Adapt as many things as possible to be visual instead of written.

  • Allow students to dictate their thoughts.

Questions to Consider

  • Depending on what you want your students to get out of the article, what components will you include? Options outside the standard components include, but are not limited to:

    • Conflicting arguments - students will split their poster in half and include components on both sides of the argument. Alternately, half the class can include why one side of the argument is correct while the other half of the class includes why the other side of the argument is correct.

    • Enhanced vocabulary - students can illustrate the Power Words associated with the article

    • Opinion - students can include an illustration or text showing their own opinion of the topic  

  • Will posters be in black & white or color? Will one option enhance the information more than the other?

Teacher Tips

Kristen Rafferty
Newsela Master Teacher
  • Some students will be ready to create a quality one-page poster on their own while others may benefit from scaffolding with the use of a graphic organizer.

  • Scaffold this activity by completing a one-page poster together as a class, then have students work in partners before they work on their own project.

  • One-page posters can be shared in partners, small groups, or with the whole class. They can also be displayed in the hallway for others to view.  

Consulted Resources

In developing this strategy, the resource linked below from RaffStreet Cafe was consulted.