Newsela loves fiction and we know our teachers do, too. A number of teachers have been using Newsela articles in their literature lessons.
We decided to help them by taking 99 of the most commonly-read books for elementary, middle and high schools and connecting them to our news articles. The result is current, real-life context that supports and extends what students are reading.
For example, our “1984” text set includes stories on the National Security Agency and communism abroad. Our text set on “The Jungle,” a book that spurred the formation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, includes articles on food safety.
We also include articles in our text sets that align to some of the themes from these books. That’s why our “Huckleberry Finn” text set covers the themes of education, deception and freedom. Our text set on “Lord of the Flies” covers the themes of survival, popularity and bullying.
Check out Text Sets for Literature and share your own book-based Text Sets on Twitter with #HowINewsela. We’d love to hear what you and your students are reading.