Our favorite #iNewsela submissions

A few weeks ago, we asked you to help celebrate our app launch by sharing your classroom stories and tagging #iNewsela.  Your submissions had us by turns entertained, inspired, and awed. Here are some of our favorites.

Take Me There Thursdays

Take Me There Thursdays

“Quitman, Georgia. Our hometown. Less than 4,000 citizens, three traffic lights, and miles upon miles of farmland and peach orchards. Newsela helps us bring the great, big world into our small classroom. The different articles are truly engaging and allow me to help the students become more worldly. Our classroom participates in “Take Me There Thursdays,” an initiative to bring the world into our classrooms. Many of our students have never left the boundaries of our county, much less our state or country, but with Newsela, they can go to Mexico, China, Africa, and even outer space! Our students have narrow thinking because they have narrow experiences, but Newsela changes that! Students use literacy strategies like annolighting, paragraph frames, text connections, and more to understand their world and fellow humans.

I will never forget a recent Newsela lesson about Syrian refugees. Based on a before-reading poll, nearly all of my students believed that no refugees should be allowed to come to the US, but after reading a text set comprised of a Newsela article, an excerpt by Anne Frank, and a few Humans of New York posts, nearly all of them had changed their minds! That lesson exemplified the reason I teach—to make students think, feel, and do more than they can imagine!

My classes are composed of students with a wide range of reading abilities, and Newsela allows me to easily provide engaging instruction with the click of a button. The lexile ranges, the paired text sets, the assessment and writing prompts, and the Spanish articles make Newsela an awesome instructional tool! Our teachers even read Newsela and share their favorite articles because the material is so interesting! “I read it on Newsela,” is a popular catchphrase heard in professional learning and collaborative planning. In a world full of click-bait and sponsored content, it is so refreshing to find real news, presented in exciting and accessible ways. The Newsela team is a pack of storytellers with teachers’ hearts, and the written word lives and thrives through this website and app. We would love to come to NY to see where the magic happens, and we know we will continue to use Newsela on a weekly basis to bring the world to our small-town students!” Beth L., Georgia

Socratic Seminar

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“We used an article about President Obama and gun control. The article was titled “President details his plan for better gun control”. After we read the article, we made an inner and outer circle. Then we had a debate on whether or not it was a good idea for the president to make new laws on gun control. We used the Socratic seminar method. The students were very passionate about their feelings toward gun control.” Joan R., Georgia

Helping Syrian Refugees

Helping Syrian Refugees

“My 50 fifth-graders read the Newsela article titled ‘Many escape war in Syria, and life seems ghostly for those who stay.’ Because we are studying early 1900s immigration into America, we compared and contrasted immigrants leaving their war-torn countries in the 1900s versus the Syrian refugees today. Then, my students came up with a list of ideas of how we as a class can help the current Syrian refugees. The slideshow behind us is the list my students came up with. They are going to vote on which way they would like to help and set up a classroom fundraiser for Syrian refugees in America.” Miranda H., Texas

Claim of the Day

Claim of the Day

“In Room 104, our fourth-grade detectives celebrate @newsela by investigating the “CLAIM OF THE DAY!” Each day when students come into my classroom, a short excerpt from a @newsela article is highlighted and projected on the screen! I prefer to choose a higher leveled lexile text to challenge students to wake up their brains for this whole class portion. Through “CLAIM OF THE DAY!” students examine and analyze the short informational text by asking three questions and hosting conversations with their table groups — After reading this text/claim … what surprises me? What does the author think I already know? (to activate prior knowledge and assess vocabulary gaps!) What confirms, challenges, or changes what I think?* My “CLAIM OF THE DAY!” strategy, inspired by Notice & Note: Reading Non-Fiction, helps students become critical thinkers as they examine a quote or passage and ask themselves driving questions about evidence, credentials, and authors’ perspective. These short excerpts from @newsela build excitement and stir curiosity as students get a snapshot of the article they will explore later that day. We aim to do this at least three times a week. I appreciate that @newsela presents each text in differentiated lexile levels. I can easily assign articles and keep records! Each student has equitable access to the reading material and can contribute to the learning experience! There are writing and quiz options for each assigned reading. I can monitor progress through the classroom tools. @newsela helps me maximize my planning time because I can quickly find articles that are interesting, engaging, and relevant. I can even hide articles that may not be appropriate for my demographic. Before @newsela, I spent hours searching multiple websites for quality, up-to-date texts for my students. Now I have multiple articles that I can trust, organized by topic! These tools are awesome! All students can and DO participate! We love @newsela! Every teacher should give it a go!

In this picture: “THE CLAIM OF THE DAY!” comes from “Are sea pens or SeaWorld tanks better for captive killer whales?” After reading the full article a student responded, “I like the idea of sea pens, but it’s sad to think that the captive orcas will always be dependent on humans for food and care. They probably will never be able to survive in the wild because they don’t have hunting skills.” This was not explicit in the text, but the student was able to form her thoughts with evidence from the text! There was agreement and disagreement among her peers. Exciting!

This type of learning increases student motivation and sparks them to explore informational texts and do their own research beyond the school hours. It promotes a genuine love of learning!” Paige H., California

Connections to Geography

Cross Curricular Connections

“Our sixth-graders at Del Mar Pines School are loving NewsELA! We recently utilized the program to tie in cross-curricular while studying Ancient India. The recent article on flooding, monsoons and the Indus Valley allowed the students to understand how geography and climate impacts the development of a culture. Students made an Alphabet Book for Ancient India while reading up on current affairs of India today; what a great connection!” Abbey E., California

Connections to Social Studies

Connections to Social Studies

“Does winning the lottery help poor people? The fourth-grade students at Indianapolis Academy of Excellence were quick to say that the lottery didn’t help poor people if the poor people didn’t win. After reading the NewsELA article, “Opinion: Powerball cannot solve poverty but it gives money to states,” many students changed their mindset. The article, written at various Lexile levels, armed each student with the confidence to participate in an energetic class debate about the lottery’s effect on society.

This article helped fourth-graders integrate math, current events, reading, and citing evidence into their public speaking! The class performed math equations about dividing lottery winnings, based on the recent $1.4 billion lottery prize. With a firm understanding of the magnitude of the dollars involved, the students learned that the lottery was a business that not only sold tickets, but donated money. It was exciting to see the students quote details from the article to defend their position about the lottery. By the end, most agreed that the lottery does help people, including the poor … even if those people don’t buy tickets!” Tina D., Indiana

Designing Infographics

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“1-Read collection of #BLM @Newsela articles 2-Were inspired … wanted to know more! 3-designed infographics” Emily S., Texas 

Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees

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“Using Newsela as our primary source, our eighth-grade students explored Syrian culture and their civil war. They then used this information to create a media campaign, in order to bring awareness in our school, on the hardships that Syrian refugees are facing. Our project concluded with a fundraiser in which students were able to collect $1,043.46. This money provided four Syrian refugee families with blankets, water, food, toiletries, and warm clothing for the harsh winter months ahead.” Viri H., California

Student Newscast

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“Presentation day!!! This group of girls chose to present information from about how students learn discipline during academics!!! They had so much fun having their own newscast in front of the class!! Their ideas were well organized and they were able to show what they know all while having fun! I’ve tried many resources to get students into current events but nothing has compared to @newsela ! Thank you for the opportunity to make real life relatable to students! Such an awesome experience and I cannot wait to hear the rest of my students’ broadcasts! Soooooooo proud!” Shawny S., Illinois

I Have a Dream

“The most recent way we used #newsela in our ninth-grade history class was with an MLK day project. We annotated an MLK article from Newsela, created our own “I Have a Dream” speeches, then created a collage of the civil rights movement. #inewsela I love that I can change the reading level, and especially love the writing questions.” Ash F., Alabama

Thanks to everyone who submitted their classroom photos. You inspire us to keep unlocking the written word for everyone, every day.

Win a Trip to Newsela HQ

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Great news! You asked and we’re delivering – Newsela for iOS is coming soon. To celebrate, we want to send you and a friend to Newsela HQ in New York City, all expenses paid. You’ll get an office tour and a behind-the-scenes look at Newsela with our founders.

Enter our Win a Trip to Newsela HQ contest now through January 21st for a chance to win. Here’s how to enter:

  • Take a classroom photo and add a description of how you use Newsela with your students. We’ll be looking for the most creative and original entries.
  • Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the tag #iNewsela to be eligible.

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We look forward to seeing you in NYC!

  • NEWSELA WIN A TRIP TO NEWSELA HQ CONTEST
    OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Newsela Win A Trip to Newsela HQ Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Newsela, Inc., having an address of 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001 (“Newsela” or “Sponsor”).ELIGIBILITY:
    Subject to these Official Rules, the Contest is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the forty-eight (48) Contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Employees of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Contest, and their immediate family members or household members, are not eligible to participate in or win the Contest. THE CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.ENTRY PERIOD:
    The Contest begins at 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time on January 14, 2016 and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 21, 2016 (“Entry Period”).HOW TO ENTER:
    No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Contest. During the Entry Period, enter the Contest through one of the following methods described below. Each entrant may submit up to one (1) entry per method per day. For example, in one day, you may enter the Contest once by Facebook, once by Twitter, once by Instagram, and once by mail-in entry (for a total of four (4) entries that day), and then submit additional entries the next day, but you cannot enter twice by tweeting twice in the same day or posting two posts to Facebook in the same day.Via Twitter:

    Tweet your Newsela classroom photo with the hashtag #iNewsela and mention @Newsela. Your tweet must be publicly viewable to be eligible. Anyone found to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be deemed ineligible.

    Via Facebook:

    Post your Newsela classroom photo on the Newsela Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Newsela with the hashtag # iNewsela. Users are also encouraged to ‘like’ Newsela on Facebook, although this will not increase chances of winning. No more than one (1) person can enter using the same Facebook account.

    Via Instagram:
    Post your Newsela classroom photo with the hashtag #iNewsela and mention @Newsela. Your profile must be publicly viewable to be eligible.

    Alternative Method of Entry (“AMOE”):

    On a plain 3” x 5” index card, legibly handprint or type your first name, last name, date of birth, complete address, city, state, zip code, home phone number (including area code), and email address and mail your completed 3” x 5” card and Newsela classroom photo to Newsela Win A Trip to Newsela HQ Contest: 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001. To be considered eligible in the Contest, AMOE entries must be postmarked no later than January 21, 2016. Each AMOE card received that meets the requirements of these Official Rules will be considered as one (1) entry for that entrant.

    By submitting an entry, you agree that your post and/or any other information or content provided by you or collected by Sponsor in connection with the Contest may be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at https://newsela.com/pages/privacy-policy/ and Terms of Use at https://newsela.com/pages/terms-of-use/ and may be shared with Sponsor’s affiliated business entities. By submitting an entry, you grant Sponsor the right to use any content contained in your entry in any and all media and manner Sponsor deems appropriate (including for promotional purposes), in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review, approval, or notifications rights.

    Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by automated means or scripts, in violation of these Official Rules or otherwise results from any unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct, and all such associated entries shall be void.

    Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that use of Facebook is subject to Facebook’s Terms of Use at https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms, use of Twitter is subject to Twitter’s Terms of Use at https://twitter.com/tos, and use of Instagram is subject to Instagram’s Terms of Use at https://help.instagram.com/478745558852511 and any other relevant rules, polices or regulations.

    PRIZES:
    The available prizes (“Prizes”) are as follows:

    One (1) grand prize winner will win a trip to visit Newsela’s headquarters in New York City, NY (“Grand Prize”). The Grand Prize includes two (2) roundtrip airline tickets from a major airport near your location (within the 48 Contiguous United States or the District of Columbia) to New York City, NY, economy class or equivalent, ground transportation to and from the airport, lodging for two (2) nights, and other accommodations to be determined by Sponsor. Flights, lodging, and all other accommodations may be booked by Sponsor. Additional conditions and restrictions apply, and all details are subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion. Approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $2,500.

    Each of ten (10) other winners will receive one (1) swag pack (“Swag Pack”), filled with various Newsela-branded items. Approximate retail value of each Swag Pack is $20, and total approximate retail value of all Swag Packs is $200.

    Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Contest. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award any prizes other than the Prizes specified in these Official Rules. The Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize, or any portion thereof, if such Prize, or any portion thereof, should become unavailable for any reason. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of the Prizes, and any related shipping and handling charges. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Newsela Win A Trip to Newsela HQ Winner’s List, 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001.

    PRIZE SELECTION:
    The judges (“Judges”) shall review all eligible entries and select eleven (11) winning entries: one (1) Grand Prize winner and ten (10) Swag Pack winners. The Judges shall make their decision by considering the creativity and originality of Newsela usage in the entry photo. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the potential winner, the potential winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the applicable Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account is registered.

    The Contest will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest. Winners will be notified on or around January 28, 2016 by email and/or direct message to the applicable Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account, or by email or phone if entering by AMOE; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification. Sponsor will also post a list of winners on its blog located at blog.newsela.com. Winners must claim their Prize within forty-eight (48) hours after the date of notification of such Prize. A Contest winner’s failure to respond to the Prize notification within the specified forty-eight (48) hours will be considered such Contest winner’s forfeiture of the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries.

    GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES:
    By entering the Contest or accepting a Prize, you agree to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, a winner may be required to execute and return (and winning may be conditioned upon the winner executing and returning) to Sponsor, within ten (10) business days to be eligible for the Prize, an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and/or Publicity Release provided by Sponsor to be eligible for the Prize, or an alternate winner may be selected. Winners may be required in Sponsor’s sole discretion to complete relevant tax forms as a condition to the delivery of the applicable prize. A winner may also be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a Prize.
    Unless prohibited by applicable law, your entry into the Contest and/or acceptance of a Prize constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, image, likeness, voice, and address (city and state), and the content of any of your entries, in any and all media and manner Sponsor deems appropriate (including for testimonials, publicity, and other promotional purposes and for the purpose of placing the winner’s name on a winners list), in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions.

    An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Contest if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Contest is at entrant’s own risk. Sponsor shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any of Sponsor’s products or services or otherwise in connection with this Contest; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Prize or any component thereof. THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND SPONSOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE PRIZES.
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    By entering the Contest, you agree to and hereby do release and hold harmless Sponsor, Twitter, Inc., Instagram, LLC, and Facebook, Inc. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance, possession and/or use of any Prize or your participation in this Contest, or from any misuse or malfunction of any Prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Contest. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on Sponsor’s website to such effect. This Contest shall be governed by New York law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Contest, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Contest shall be determined by binding arbitration only in New York, NY, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. This Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Inc., Twitter, Inc. or Instagram, LLC.

[Giveaway now closed] #TeachingWithTextSets

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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.

  • NEWSELA TEACHING WITH TEXT SETS SWEEPSTAKES
    OFFICIAL RULES
    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Newsela Teaching With Text Sets Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Newsela, Inc., having an address of 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001 (“Sponsor”).ELIGIBILITY:Subject to these Official Rules, the Sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Employees of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members or household members are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. THE SWEEPSTAKES IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.ENTRY PERIOD:The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 am (midnight) Eastern time on October 27, 2015 and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern time on November 13, 2015 (“Entry Period”).HOW TO ENTER:

    No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes. During the Entry Period, enter the Sweepstakes by sending us a link to your Newsela Text Set through one of the following methods described below, or by entering through the Alternate Method of Entry. A Newsela Text Set is a collection of articles that share a common theme, topic, or standard. More information about Newsela Text Sets is available here: http://support.newsela.com/hc/en-us/articles/204783915-Introduction-to-text-sets.

    Each entrant may submit up to one (1) entry per method per day. For example, in one day, you may enter the Sweepstakes once by Facebook, once by Twitter, and once by mail-in entry (for a total of three (3) entries that day), and then submit additional entries the next day, but you cannot enter twice by tweeting twice in the same day or posting two posts to Facebook in the same day.

    Your Newsela Text Set must be publicly viewable to be eligible for entry into the Sweepstakes.

    Via Twitter:

    Tweet a link to your Newsela Text Set with the hashtag #TeachingWithTextSets and mention @Newsela. Your tweet must be publicly viewable to be eligible. Anyone found to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be deemed ineligible.

    Via Facebook:

    Post a link to your Newsela Text Set on the Newsela Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Newsela with the hashtag “#TeachingWithTextSets”. Users are also encouraged to ‘like’ Newsela on Facebook, although this will not increase chances of winning. No more than one (1) person can enter using the same Facebook account.

    Alternative Method of Entry (“AMOE”):

    On a plain 3” x 5” index card, legibly handprint or type your first name, last name, date of birth, complete address, city, state, zip code, home phone number (including area code), and email address and mail your completed 3” x 5” card to Newsela Text Sets: 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001. To be considered eligible in the Sweepstakes, AMOE entries must be postmarked no later than November 13, 2015. Each AMOE card received that meets the requirements of these Official Rules will be considered as one (1) entry for that entrant.

    By submitting an entry, you agree that your post and/or any other information or content provided by you or collected by Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes may be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at https://newsela.com/pages/privacy-policy/ and Terms of Service at https://newsela.com/pages/terms-of-use/ and may be shared with Sponsor’s affiliated business entities. By submitting an entry, you grant Sponsor the right to use any content contained in your entry in any and all media and manner Sponsor deems appropriate (including for promotional purposes), in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review, approval, or notifications rights.

    Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by automated means or scripts, in violation of these Official Rules or otherwise result from any unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct, and all such associated entries shall be void.

    Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that use of Facebook is subject to Facebook’s Terms of Use at https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms, and use of Twitter is subject to Twitter’s Terms of Use at https://twitter.com/tos, and any other relevant rules, polices, or regulations.

    PRIZES:

    The available prizes (“Prizes”) are as follows:

    One (1) of three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards. Retail value of each prize is $50, and total retail value of all prizes is $150.

    Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award any prizes other than the Prizes specified in these Official Rules. The Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize, or any portion thereof, if such Prize, or any portion thereof, should become unavailable for any reason. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of the Prizes, and any related shipping and handling charges. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Newsela Text Sets Winner’s List, 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001.

    PRIZE SELECTION:

    The winning entry for the Prize will be chosen at random on or around November 20, 2015 from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the potential winner, the potential winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the applicable Twitter or Facebook account is registered.

    The Sweepstakes will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Winners will be notified on or around November 20, 2015 by email and/or direct message to the applicable Twitter or Facebook account, or by email or phone if entering by AMOE; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification. Sponsor will also post a list of winners on its blog located at blog.newsela.com. Winners must claim their Prize within forty-eight (48) hours after the date of notification of such Prize. A Sweepstakes winner’s failure to respond to the Prize notification within the specified forty-eight (48) hours will be considered such Sweepstakes winner’s forfeiture of the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. 

    GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES:

    By entering the Sweepstakes or accepting a Prize, you agree to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return (and winning may be conditioned upon the winner executing and returning) to Sponsor, within ten (10) business days, an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and/or Publicity Release provided by Sponsor, or an alternate winner may be selected. Winners may be required in Sponsor’s sole discretion to complete relevant tax forms as a condition to the delivery of the applicable prize. Winner may also be required to furnish proof of identity, address, and birth date in order to receive a Prize.

    Unless prohibited by applicable law, your entry into the Sweepstakes and/or acceptance of a Prize constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, image, likeness, voice, address (city and state), and the content of any of your entries in any and all media and manner Sponsor deems appropriate (including for testimonials, publicity, and other promotional purposes and for the purpose of placing the winner’s name on a winners list), in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions.

    An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Sweepstakes is at entrant’s own risk. Sponsor shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions, or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any of Sponsor’s products or services or otherwise in connection with this Sweepstakes; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Prize or any component thereof. THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND SPONSOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE PRIZES.

    NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE HEREIN OR OTHERWISE, SPONSOR AND/OR ITS VENDORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR OBLIGATED WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT OR UNDER CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR (A) ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE, GOODWILL, OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS), (B) DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, AND/OR (C) ANY MATTER BEYOND SUCH PARTIES’ REASONABLE CONTROL.

    By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to and hereby do release and hold harmless Sponsor, Twitter, Inc., and Facebook, Inc. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance, possession and/or use of any Prize or your participation in this Sweepstakes, or from any misuse or malfunction of any Prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Sweepstakes may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Sweepstakes should viruses, bugs, or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security, or proper operation of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on Sponsor’s website to such effect. This Sweepstakes shall be governed by New York law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Sweepstakes, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Sweepstakes shall be determined by binding arbitration only in New York, NY, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. This Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Facebook, Inc., Twitter Inc., or Amazon.com, Inc.

[Giveaway now closed] Share Your Newsela Goals

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Newsela is excited to kick off (pun intended) another school year with you. We have a host of new features to support your teaching practices this upcoming school year:

Are you a primary school teacher? Newsela Elementary makes it easy to find articles that younger students can relate to most.

Looking to support Spanish-speaking students? Newsela Español has over 100 articles, with new articles now being published daily. Read more about Newsela Español.

Pairing fiction with informational texts is a cinch with our new Text Sets for Literature. Check out our collection based on popular classroom literature for grades 2-12. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let us know. Better yet, create your own Text Set and share it with fellow educators.

We hope these new features inspire you to use Newsela in creative and exciting ways – so we’re asking you to share your Newsela goals for the upcoming year. Here are a couple examples to get you started.

To sweeten the deal, we’re giving away 3 $50 Amazon gift cards to 3 randomly chosen winners who share #newselagoals now through October 5. Here are the giveaway details:

  • To enter, compose a tweet or post to our Facebook page describing your goals, using the hashtag #newselagoals.
  • Enter once a day now through October 5.
  • 3 winners will be chosen at random on October 9.
  • Full terms and conditions available below.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

[Update: Giveaway is now closed. Winners were John R., Erin K., and Audrey B. Thanks for sharing all your goals with us!]

  • NEWSELA GOALS SWEEPSTAKES
    OFFICIAL RULES
    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Newsela Goals Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Newsela, Inc., having an address of 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001 (“Sponsor”).ELIGIBILITY:Subject to these Official Rules, the Sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Employees of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members or household members are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. THE SWEEPSTAKES IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.ENTRY PERIOD:The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 am (midnight) Eastern time on September 28, 2015 and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern time on October 5, 2015 (“Entry Period”). HOW TO ENTER:

    No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes. During the Entry Period, enter the Sweepstakes through one of the following methods described below.  Each entrant may submit up to one (1) entry per method per day.  For example, in one day, you may enter the Sweepstakes once by Facebook, once by Twitter, and once by mail-in entry (for a total of three (3) entries that day), and then submit additional entries the next day, but you cannot enter  twice by tweeting twice in the same day or posting two posts to Facebook in the same day.

    Via Twitter:

    Tweet your Newsela goals for the upcoming school year with the hashtag #NewselaGoals and mention @Newsela.  Your tweet must be publicly viewable to be eligible.  Anyone found to use multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be deemed ineligible.

    Via Facebook:

    Post your Newsela goals on the Newsela Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Newsela with the hashtag “#NewselaGoals”. Users are also encouraged to ‘like’ Newsela on Facebook, although this will not increase chances of winning. No more than one person can enter using the same Facebook account.

    Alternative Method of Entry (“AMOE”):

    On a plain 3” x 5” index card, legibly handprint or type your first name, last name, date of birth, complete address, city, state, zip code, home phone number (including area code), and email address and mail your completed 3” x 5” card to Newsela Goals: 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10018. To be considered eligible in the Sweepstakes, AMOE entries must be postmarked no later than October 5, 2015. Each AMOE card received that meets the requirements of these Official Rules will be considered as one (1) entry for that entrant.

    By submitting an entry, you agree that your post and/or and any other information or content provided by you or collected by Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes may be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at https://newsela.com/pages/privacy-policy/ and may be shared with Sponsor’s affiliated business entities. All content submitted to Sponsor as part of an entry becomes the property of the Sponsor.

    Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by automated means or scripts, in violation of these Official Rules or otherwise results from any unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct, and all such associated entries shall be are void.

    Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that use of Facebook is subject to Facebook Terms of Use at https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms and use of Twitter is subject to Twitter’s Terms of Use at  https://twitter.com/tos, and any other relevant rules, polices or regulations.

    PRIZES:

    The available prizes (“Prizes”) are as follows:

    One (1) of three (3) $50 Amazon gift cards. Retail value of each prize is $50, and total retail value of all prizes is $150.

    Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award any prizes other than the Prizes specified in these Official Rules. The Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize if such Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of the Prizes, and any related shipping and handling charges. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Newsela Goals Winner’s List, 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10018.

    PRIZE SELECTION:

    The winning entry for the Prize will be chosen at random on or around October 12, 2015 from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the potential winner, the potential winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the applicable Twitter or Facebook account is registered.

    The Sweepstakes will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Winners will be notified on or around October 12, 2015 by direct message to the applicable Twitter or Facebook account, or by email or phone if entering by AMOE; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification.  Sponsor will also post a list of winners on its blog located at blog.newsela.com.  Winners must claim their Prize within seventy-two (72) hours after the date of notification of such Prize. A Sweepstakes winner’s failure to respond to the Prize notification within the specified seventy-two (72) hours will be considered such Sweepstakes winner’s forfeiture of the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries.

    GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES:

    By entering the Sweepstakes or accepting a Prize, you agree to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return to Sponsor, within ten (10) business days, an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and/or Publicity Release provided by Sponsor to be eligible for the Prize, or an alternate winner may be selected. Winners may be required in Sponsor’s sole discretion to complete relevant tax forms as a condition to the delivery of the applicable prize. Winner may also be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a Prize.

    Unless prohibited by applicable law, your acceptance of a Prize constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) for publicity purposes and testimonials, in any media and  manner Sponsor deems appropriate, in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions, including without limitation for the purpose of placing the winner’s name on a winner’s list.

    An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Sweepstakes is at entrant’s own risk. Sponsor shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any of Sponsor’s products or services or otherwise in connection with this Sweepstakes; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Prize or any component thereof. THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND SPONSOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE PRIZES.

    NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE HEREIN OR OTHERWISE, SPONSOR AND/OR ITS VENDORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR OBLIGATED WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT OR UNDER CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR (A) ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE, GOODWILL, OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS), (B) DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, AND/OR (C) ANY MATTER BEYOND SUCH PARTIES’ REASONABLE CONTROL.

    By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to and hereby do release and hold harmless Sponsor, Twitter, Inc., and Facebook, Inc. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance, possession and/or use of any Prize or your participation in this Sweepstakes, or from any misuse or malfunction of any Prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Sweepstakes may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Sweepstakes should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on Sponsor’s website to such effect. This Sweepstakes shall be governed by New York law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Sweepstakes, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Sweepstakes shall be determined by binding arbitration only in New York, NY, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction.  If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.