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

  3. Click Assign Now. 



From a Text Set

  1. Find a Text Set you want to assign and click Create Assignment.

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

  3. Click Assign to assign now. 

From an Article page or Article Card

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

  2. Click the blue "Assign" icon.

  3. This will take you to the assignment page, where you select the class (or classes) for the assignment. You’ll also see three optional steps: Adding instructions, adjusting the reading level your students will see, and removing articles.

  4. Click "Assign" or "Save Draft."

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

  6. Click the arrow next to the "Assign" icon, and select "Add to an Assignment."

  7. Pick the assignment(s) you'd like to add it to from the list.

Save an Assignment as a Draft

  1. Find an article you want to assign.

  2. Click the Assign button.

  3. Click Save Draft.

  1. 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

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

  3. Select Assign when directed to the article assignment page.

From an Article Page

  1. Find an article you want to assign

  2. Click the downward-facing arrow next to Assign.

  3. Select Add to Assignment from the options provided

  4. Select the assignment or draft assignment from the pop-up menu

  5. Once the article is added to a live assignment, the assignment is updated on the student assignment page.

From Search or Browse pages

  1. Find an article in Search or Browse that you'd like to assign.

  2. Click the down arrow next to the "Assign" icon.

  3. Select "Add to Assignment"

  4. Select the assignment from the pop up in which you'd like to include the article.

  5. Click "Add to Assignment."

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

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 of the assignment page.

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 you'd like to share with colleagues.

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

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

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

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

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