Integrating News ELA in the classroom: Lesson 4
Participants will implement Newsela as a differentiation tool for a lesson plan
Pre-requisities for this lesson
*Before this lesson, be sure to have a lesson that is CCSS aligned*
*Before this lesson, be sure to have the reading level of your focus students*
- Review your lesson plan and identify the Common Core State Standard that you will be focusing on for this lesson
- Go to Newsela.com and click "Library". Once you are here you will be able to narrow down the articles in which you are viewing.
- Narrow down your choices by selecting which Standard you are focusing on and if you want to, the grade level of your students'
- Choose an article to incorporate into your lesson. ( Ideally choose an article that has a similar topic to the one you are teaching)
- If you already have a topic in mind, you can find related articles by pressing "search" and typing in the topic
- Review the reading level of your focus students. A.K.A the lower 1/3 of your class
- Look at the top of the Newels article you chose for your lesson. Next to the word "Activities" you will see "1040L". This indicates the current grade/reading level of the article you chose. Change the reading level according to the reading level of your students.
- Print the article on the reading level(s) of your choice
- Optional: you may print out the activities for the assigned article or create your own assessments
- During your independent practice, allow time for your focus group (lower 1/3) to work on their assigned Newsela article.
- Provide students with the assessment of your choice
Proceed to the next lesson: Lesson 5