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Newsela - Build Reading Comprehension with News

Newsela - Build Reading Comprehension with News | college and career ready | Scoop.it

Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:06 PM

Newsela is a free website that provides news for students. It is geared to students in grades 4 - 12 and will help students build close reading and critical thinking skills in non-fiction reading comprehension. 
Articles are written at multiple levels of compexity. It appears that the levels begin around 690 and go up to just over 1200.

Each article has a quiz (aligned to Common Core) allowing you to quickly see if your students are on track.

And last there are great teacher tools. You may assign articles, review student quizzes and track Common Core mastery.

Jackie Keith's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:31 AM

Students can use it without registering by clicking "No Thanks" and can select different Lexile versions of the same article. 

John Scott Lucas's comment, June 20, 2013 5:26 AM
Looking forward to fall to experiment with this!
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Decline in children's non-fiction must stop, say authors - The Guardian

Decline in children's non-fiction must stop, say authors - The Guardian | college and career ready | Scoop.it

"A group of authors has sounded a warning over the decline of non-fiction for children, calling on publishers and libraries to reverse the slide or risk depriving children – particularly boys – of vital reading material...

They point to the All Party Literacy Group's 2012 report, Boys' Reading Commission (pdf), in which Phil Jarrett, national adviser for Ofsted, says that boys "tend to read … non-fiction, autobiographies, newspapers and so on", and that boys in particular are "turned off" by a lack of texts that interest them."


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