Most Read on Newsela Last Week

Here are the top three most read articles on from last week:

3. Disney policy requiring character confidentiality comes under fire

Should Disney characters have to live like Clark Kent, keeping their lives as Belle, Mickey or Aladdin a secret? A union representing Disney character actors says they should not. Spark an in-class debate over whether Disney has the right to tell its workers what to do outside of work if it means “keeping the magic alive.”


Here are a couple questions you can ask your students to consider:

  • What would be the consequences of knowing someone’s character identity?
  • After reading this article, do you feel differently about visiting Disney World?

2. Don’t overthink it, less is more when it comes to creativity

Art and science go hand in hand in this article about Stanford researchers who are exploring which parts of the brain contribute to creativity.


Get your students thinking with these discussion questions:

  • How do you feel about the quote “The more you think about it, the more you mess it up”?
  • What does “creativity” mean to you?

1. Chair created for kids with autism may be headed to market

Inspired by his son, a businessman makes a chair designed to help calm children with autism.


Spark a discussion in your classroom with the following questions:

  • What are some challenges in bringing the chair to a larger number of children with autism?
  • If there were a follow-up article to this one, what would you like to know more about?

Did your class raise any other interesting points? We’d love to hear them. Tweet us at @Newsela with their insights.