8 Must-Use Newsela Features For Effective Differentiation
While teachers use Newsela everyday to differentiate in their classroom with standards-aligned content at 5 different reading levels, differentiated learning on Newsela doesn't end there. Many unique features alongside Newsela’s leveled content empower teachers to make the topics they cover come to life in the classroom, while supporting every learner. Read on to see some of the ways Newsela can be used to provide scaffolds for struggling students, extension opportunities for accelerated learners, and to support the range of student ability levels in between.
Customize Newsela for unique classroom lessons by editing instructions on an assignment. Teachers can tailor instructions for students at different reading levels, or provide multiple methods for showing mastery and understanding that allow for true differentiation.
*Newsela PRO feature
There are myriad ways teachers use Text Sets to differentiate instruction (check out examples in this blog post), but some of the best promote student choice. Create a Text Set for a specific unit or theme. Let students engage with the topic by allowing them to choose articles they want to read. From there, instruction can be customized for each student, taking into account their interests, cultural backgrounds, and confidence in the material.
Use annotations within the text to provide scaffolded questions with customized notes and instructions for students, allowing all readers to engage with content at the right level for them.
*Newsela PRO feature
Use Presentation Mode to home in on the text and facilitate whole class read alouds that help students with fluent reading, sentence structure, and tone.
With Write Prompts changing at every reading level, students can complete assignments that are best suited for their reading level. For Newsela PRO teachers, customize Write Prompts at every level for that extra layer of differentiation and writing practice.
Newsela's Power Words feature different Tier 2 vocabulary words at every reading level so students can learn and study words that are fitting as well as challenging for them.
Newsela’s Spanish translated articles can help Spanish-speaking English language learners to follow along in the classroom while continue improving their comprehension, vocabulary and literacy skills.
5 Reading Levels
...and for that final Newsela touch, always remember that Newsela's articles are assigned at a student's just right reading level so differentiated instruction is built into every lesson!