Differentated news articles for students (3-12). Spanish articles available.

Grades 3-5 have access to the Newsela Social Studies collection. 

All grade levels and schools have access to Newsela's SEL Collection through the remainder of the 2022-23 school year.

Social Studies Collection

The Newsela Social Studies collection is available for grades 3-5. This collection serves as the basis of the Social Studies Curriculum for grades 4 and 5.

SEL Collection


The Newsela Social and Emotional Learning collection is live for all teachers and students at your school, and access to this collection will be available through May 26th, 2023.

This evidence-based collection is organized by the five CASEL SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building, and responsible decision making.

All Newsela content is published at five reading levels so all students can access the same texts and no one ever feels left out of a discussion.


All teachers and students to log into Newsela via Clever. Roll-out Kit linked here.  Here is a link to the full SEL Collection.

Here are some direct links aligned to the CASEL competency of Social Awareness to reference as you plan your lessons this month:

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Teachers can review the content, print it out and/or assign it digitally to their students. 


If you are having access issues, please contact : for immediate assistance.

How to Use Newsela (Video, 9:45) 

This video includes: 

What is Newsela ?

Newsela is an online news-as-literacy platform that features high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science. Content is updated daily, with stories from a wide range of sources (from the Associated Press to Scientific American to the Washington Post) in English and also often in Spanish. 

Topics run the gamut from pop culture to roller derby and Minecraft, and they touch on subjects that encourage cross-curricular reading, such as DNA testing, global women's rights, living conditions in Syria, and travel to Mars. Newsela offers Text Sets, which offer thematically curated texts as well as lesson plans and activities that can give students a more holistic picture of a topic. These rotate regularly, including timely content like a set of texts for COVID19. 

All articles are available in five Lexile levels, ranging (roughly) from third to 12th grade. Each leveled text features a quiz tailored to that particular article plus a writing prompt that asks students to write and respond to what they've read. 

You can assign articles to individual students  as well as small groups, using the quizzes to track progress and make further suggestions. Whole-class work has just as much potential; you can select articles for targeted instruction on specific reading standards while modeling good annotation and close-reading strategies for your students.  Check more from Common Sense Media’s Full Review of Newsela here

New to Newsela? Check out their Remote Teaching Toolkit. 

Newsela + Google Classroom

Newsela easily integrates with your Google Classroom. 

To sync your Google Classroom with Newsela: 

Check out Newsela’s support content for integrating Google Classroom here (includes videos and articles).

Newsela + Google Classroom Quick Start Guide 

Newsela is providing Recorded Webinars for Teachers. Check out this one for Newsela + Google Classroom (30:10) 

How do I add students to my Newsela Class without a Google Classroom?

Add Students via Class Codes or Class Links 

Additional help content on this topic can be found here

Add Students via Clever 

Imported students will see your class on their settings page.

Additional help content on this topic can be found here

Can I add a co-teacher to my Newsela Class?

Yes! Adding a co-teacher allows you and another teacher to assign articles and monitor students’ activity. As a co-teacher, you will be able to take the following actions:

Add a Co-Teacher via Google Classroom 

Note: Both teachers must select the same Google grade level when importing to Newsela. If one teacher removes the class on Newsela, it will also be removed from the co-teacher's Newsela account.

Add a Co-Teacher via Clever 

Co-teachers in a Clever classroom on Newsela must be added in Clever.

For more information on how to sync a co-teacher to a Clever classroom in Newsela, you can refer to Clever's Support Center:

Add a Co-Teacher to Classes with Class Codes 

Note: Once you add a co-teacher, you cannot remove the co-teacher. 

More help content on this topic can be found here

Assigning Newsela Articles in Google Classroom 

You can attach Newsela articles to assignments, materials and the discussion board in Google Classroom. 

5. This will open Google Classroom in a new tab. On this page, choose the class you want to assign the article to. Make sure you click GO in the bottom right corner of the page.

6. This will take you to the regular assignment creation page in Google Classroom. Once you click assign, the assignment will appear in the Classwork tab of any Classrooms you assigned it to. 

More Help Content on this topic from Newsela can be found Here

How can I assess student work using Newsela?

Article Page 

The article page lets you see a list of students who have completed an article that has been assigned, and those who have not yet viewed the assigned article. Under each student’s name you will see a row for each reading level at which they completed the work. You can click a row to review work, including viewing annotations and reading time. 

Additional Help Content on this topic can be found here.

Binder Assignments Tab 

The Assignments Review Page will let you review a summary of class activity for the assignment and information about each students’ work. 

Additional Help Content on this topic can be found here.

Binder Reading Summary Tab 

In the Reading Summary tab in the Binder, you can see a summary of all student activity on Newsela, review students' performance on reading skills, and navigate to a Reading Summary for each student. 

Additional Help Content on this topic can be found here.

Binder Power Words Tab 

Some articles have power words for students to learn and review. You can review student work on Power Words as a group or individually.

Additional Help Content on this topic can be found here.

Reading Skills 

Each level of every Newsela article has its own 4-question quiz connected to two reading skills. With a Newsela subscription, you can filter by reading skill to find articles that have a quiz that assesses the standard(s) you selected.

When you have a Newsela PRO, Newsela ELA, or Newsela Essential subscription, you can use the Binder to understand your students' levels of success on the 8 national reading informational texts skills.

Additional Help Content on this topic can be found here.

Activity Feed 

To see the activity stream, hover over Binder at the top of the page and select Activity Feed from the drop-down menu. This will bring up the recent work completed by students in your class. Selecting an activity from this list will direct you to the assignment page for the assignment or the independent work completed by the student.