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Catering for Learner Diversity Through Newsela


Brief Introduction to Newsela
In a classroom with mixed abilities, teachers may have a hard time using a piece of standardized text or
finding a text suitable for all students to read together. Newsela is a free app (with some paid PRO features)
which allows learners of different abilities to read the same text or focus on the same issue as Newsela has
linguistically modified the texts in order to match the proficiency level of the reader.

For Teachers (Screenshots from Desktop)


Step 1 – Signing Up
Sign up using your email at https://newsela.com.
(Throughout the process, you may need to provide some information about the school.)

Step 2 – Creating a Class


Create a Class OR Import from Google Classroom

After that you will see your class, and most importantly, your Class Code.

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Step 3 – Choosing an Article and Creating Assignment
Preview an article and assign it to your class.

You can change it here to check the There are some default
level of difficulty of different texts. MC questions set for
(Smaller number = easier) students to answer. (The
difficulty of the questions
aligns with the level of
difficulty of the text)

Click here to
assign it to your
class.

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For Students (Screenshots from iPad)
Step 1 – Signing in
Select the App ‘Newsela’. Select ‘Join’ at the front page. Enter the class code. Students will be asked to
sign up immediately.

Step 2 – Start Reading

(If students can’t see the assigned texts, ask them to ‘Join Class’ again)
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Students can swipe using 2 fingers to change


the level of difficulty of the text.
(OR press the bottom left key MAX to change)

Students can access Students can post


the questions here, their response to the
text here,

Suggested follow-up activities


Paper 1
- Set up more comprehension questions based on the text.
Paper 2
- Content: Good source of Writing World Topic
- Language: Select a few sentences from some easier levels and ask students to find out how they
are rewritten with more complex sentence structures and expressions in the more advanced levels.
Easy Advanced
The first job of the speaker is to prove You can produce an effective persuasive speech if you structure your
that a certain problem is important. argument as a solution to a problem. Your first job as a speaker is to
Then you must show the audience that convince your audience that a particular problem is important to them,
your idea will make things better and then you must convince them that you have the solution to make
things better.
Paper 4
- Set up some discussion questions based on the theme (e.g. What are some challenges faced by
students when they have to deliver a speech? How can students improve their speech?)

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