[Giveaway now closed] #TeachingWithTextSets


Have you seen the Text Sets your fellow educators are creating on Newsela? There’s something for every interest, ranging from women’s rights around the world to bullying. Below are a few more examples inspired by literature, social studies, and current events.

Melanie’s Text Set on “Fish” by L.S. Matthews

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Alice’s Text Set on Are You What You Eat?

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Johanna’s Text Set on Cultural Preservation & Change

We’re always excited to see how you adapt Newsela features to your own classroom practice. Now through November 13, show us how you’re #TeachingWithTextSets and you’ll have a chance to win $50 for your classroom. Here’s how to get started:

  • Hover over TEXT SETS in Search and Navigation at the top of the page.
  • Select YOUR TEXT SETS.
  • The My Text Sets page will appear. The Create New Text Set box appears on this page.
  • In the Name field, type a name for the Text Set.
  • In the Description field, type a description of the Text Set.
  • Set your Text Set visibility to Everyone, so you can share it!

Share your creations to Facebook and/or Twitter along with the tag #TeachingWithTextSets to be eligible for the giveaway. Create your own Text Set now!

For more information on Text Sets, check out our Text Sets Toolkit on Learning & Support.

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