Knowledge Constructor


Newsela is a database of current event stories organized by theme. Stories can be assigned to students according to their reading Lexile level. They are assessed with a short comprehension quiz and a writing prompt. Teachers can access data from student quizzes.

Students will:

  • Be able to log onto their Newsela account.
  • Be able to read assigned story.
  • Be able to take the quiz assigned to the story.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Lexile Level: The Lexile level is the measure of how difficult a text is or a student's reading ability level.

To prepare for this lesson:

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students log onto Newsela using the classroom code. There is an option to connect with Google.

  2. Show the students the video Student directions for Newsela.

  3. Have the student look at assignments that are on the page, front and center.

  4. The new reading assignments will have a blue dot next to it.

  5. Have the students complete writing prompts and comprehension questions.

  6. Students can click on the library to find articles at their interest level.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Newsela provides quizzes for assessing student comprehension.
  • ​Students are able to see their quiz results.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3b. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
3d. Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

How to Navigate Newsela

How to Use Newsela as a Student

Lexile Reading Chart Information


Teacher Tips for Students


Students will learn reading comprehension and writing.

Students can read articles connected to science.

Students can read articles connected to social studies. 

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, April 2018. Updated October 2023.