Assignment Basics

Teachers can assign individual articles or groups of articles (Text Sets). When teachers assign articles, students see the assignments on their Newsela homepage. Even if the teacher does not customize the assignment, when students go to an assigned article at newsela.com or on the Newsela mobile app they can complete the following actions:

  • Read the article at all reading levels

  • Take the quiz at all reading levels

  • Highlight and annotate at all reading levels

  • Submit a writing response to the Newsela writing prompt

  • Complete Power Words activities (when the school has Newsela ELA and the article has Power Words)

Teachers can customize Newsela assignments with Class Instructions, Annotations, and Writing Prompts. In the rest of this section, you can find instructions for using these features.  

  1. Find an article you want to assign and click “Assign”.

  2. This will load to the Create Assignment page

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    In the internal popup window, you’ll see the options for selecting entire classes or individual students, or small groups. Click Select/Save after choosing each option.

  3. Click “Create assignment” to finalize the assignment or Save Draft to save it for future use.

From a Text Set

  1. Find a Text Set you want to assign and click Assign. A drop down with pop up, click Create Assignment.

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  2. This will take you to the assignment page, where you have the option to edit the title, student instructions, locked level and select the Assignees for the assignment (individual students or classes) for the assignment.  

  3. Click “Assign” to finalize the assignment or Save Draft to save it for future use

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From an Article page or Article Card

  1. Find an article that you'd like to assign.

  2. Click the blue “Assign” word (not the dropdown caret).

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  3. This will take you to the assignment page, where you have the option to edit the title, student instructions, locked level and select the “Assignees” for the assignment (individual students or classes) for the assignment.  

  4. Click “Assign” to finalize the assignment or Save Draft to save it for future use

  5. Find an additional article you'd like to add to the assignment.

  6. Click the caret, dropdown arrow next to the “Assign” icon, and select Add to an Assignment.

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  7. Pick the assignment(s) you'd like to add by checking the checkboxes that show in the pop-up window.

  8. Click Add to assignment.

  9. You can view the updated assignment in View Assignments.

  1. Find an article you want to assign.

  2. Click the “Assign” button

  3. Click “Save Draft”.

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  4. Drafts are located in the Assignments tab of the faculty Binder. Select the All or Drafts button at the top of the Assignments tab to view drafts

  5. To assign a draft, select it from the Assignments view.

  6. Select “Assign” when directed to the article assignment page.

On the assignment page, teachers can update or delete assignments.

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Update Assignments

To update the class instructions, text level, or article(s) in an assignment, follow these steps: 

  1. At the top of the page, click Assignments.

  2. Click on the assignment you want to edit. This will take you to the assignment page.

  3. On the assignment page, click Edit. 

  4. After making your updates, click Save.

Note: To update writing prompts or annotations, go to the article page. Click on an annotation to modify it. To modify the writing prompt, click Activities at the top of the article and then click Write in the Activities panel. Click Edit, make your changes, and click Save. 


Delete Assignments

To delete an assignment, follow these steps: 

  1. At the top of the page, click Assignments.

  2. Click on the assignment you want to delete. This will take you to the assignment page.

  3. On the assignment page, click the Delete button on the top-right.

To share an assignment, click the share icon at the top right of an assignment

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Share with your LMS or Google

  • Assigning with Google

  • Assigning with Canvas

  • For Schoology and other LMSs, you'll need to create an assignment in Newsela, then share the assignment link in your LMS. Newsela will not automatically share an assignment.

Share with your colleagues

Newsela allows sharing an assignment with other educators. To share assignments with your colleagues, follow these steps:

  1. Open the assignment page.

  2. Click the Share icon at the top right of the assignment.

  3. Click the "Off" icon to allow sharing with other teachers.

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  4. Copy the link and send it to your colleagues via email, social media, or direct message.

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Share with families and caregivers

  1. Open the assignment you'd like to share.

  2. Click the Share icon at the top of the assignment page.

    1. Click "✉Email" to share with caregivers via email

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    2. Click "🧠Remind" to share via the Remind app

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Teachers can create assignments and select a date for when they become available to their students. All features of assigning articles, like using small groups are still available when doing so.

To assign an article to go live at a later date:

  1. Find an article you want to assign and click Assign.

  2. This will take you to the assignment page, where you select the class (or classes) for the assignment. You’ll also see optional steps: Adding instructions, adjusting the reading level your students will see, and scheduling your assignment for a later date.

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  3. Click on the calendar icon to choose a date and time for the assignment to go live and become available for your students.

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  4. Finish completing your assignment by clicking submit.

For more information on assigning to individual students or groups of students, see this article