Search for Articles

You can find articles by searching for keywords, topics, or subjects.

To Search

  1. Click Search on the Search and Navigation bar.

  2. Enter a keyword or subject.

  3. Click ‘Search’. You will be directed to the results page that includes content from all of your Newsela subscriptions.

  4. If your results are limited, try additional search terms.  

  5. Toggle between Articles, Text Sets, Videos, and (with Newsela Social Studies and Science subscriptions) Standards by selecting the tab with the content you prefer.

To Narrow Your Results

  1. After you search for a topic, you can narrow a result with a filter.

  2. Select your filters from the drop downs above your search results, including selecting articles by Collection, suggested grade band, text level, and language.

  3. Click "Apply" once you have selected a filter or set of filters.

Newsela's Search Filter Options

Teachers can search for content suitable for their classes, based on an article's Text Levels and the grade bands for which it is most appropriate.

Text Level Filter

Selecting a grade in the Text Level filter will limit your results to articles that have a Lexile level within that grade's Lexile band. For instance, selecting 6 will allow only articles with a 921-1010 Lexile to appear in your search results. You can see a breakdown of Newsela's Lexile ranges by grade here.

Suggested For Filter

Selecting maturity levels with the Suggested For filter will limit your results to articles best-suited for given age ranges, categorized into grade bands. Articles are not limited to one grade band and many of our articles span multiple.

  • Lower Elementary School: Articles best suited for grades 2-4, with visual supports for comprehension. They are chosen for younger readers and exclude articles that require extensive background knowledge. Scary or sensitive subject matter is never included in Lower Elementary content recommendations. The reading levels of these articles range from grades 2-6. 

  • Upper Elementary School: Articles support readers in grades 4-6, and include a single main idea. These articles may require more background knowledge than Lower Elementary, but use accessible comparisons. Scary or sensitive subject matter is never included in Lower Elementary content recommendations. Reading levels include various Lexiles between 2-12.

  • Middle School: Articles that introduce growing complexity and contentiousness. These may require some background knowledge and incorporate an increased awareness of global events and issues. All are available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.

  • High School: Articles in this group require background knowledge and context we believe most younger students may not have. Articles may also be either too tragic or complex for younger students. Teachers and caretakers know best and they still are able to assign any maturity of article to any student of their choosing. All are available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.



This filter allows you to filter for articles from any of the Newsela Premium Collections purchased by your school or district.

Collections include the following:

  • Newsela's Social Emotional Learning Collections

  • Newsela's LGBTQIA+ Studies Collection

  • Custom Collections for your district or school

  • State-wide collections

Language

To find articles available in Spanish, use the Language filter. On articles available in Spanish, you will see the option to switch between English and Spanish in the leveling button above the title.

Reading Levels

Spanish articles may not have the same Lexile measure as their English translations because of the complexity of translation. However, the grade levels of the articles correspond across English and Spanish.

Quizzes

The quiz questions for each article in Spanish match those in the English version. Sometimes the answer options will be different. This may occur in questions with paragraph selection, as the paragraph number might change, or in questions that relate to vocabulary and word choice.

Instructional Features

This filter includes options to filter for our supplemental instructional features (detailed below).

Power Words

These articles have 3-5 Power Words embedded at each reading level. Clicking a Power Word reveals a definition of the word as it’s used in the article. In the activities panel, students can complete Power Words activities.  

Power Words are selected from Newsela’s Academic Word List (AWL) of Tier II academic vocabulary words, organized by grade level. Students who master these words will be well prepared to read complex texts across a variety of subjects.

Words on the Newsela AWL are organized into families. Each family consists of a headword (e.g. assume) and corresponding subwords (e.g. assumes, assuming, assumption). Our list includes families, not just single words. Our articles may include any variation of an academic word (e.g. approach, approaches, approaching) based on the sentence structure and context of the article.

Social Studies Write Prompt

These write prompts are geared towards educators who provide Social Studies subject instruction.

Formats

Newsela articles come in different formats. You can filter your search by 4 of these formats: Essay, Primary Source, Profile, and Reference. 

Newsela articles come from a wide range of content providers. You can see all of our partners on our Full Partner List.

To find articles from a specific content provider, use the Content Provider filter.

  1. Click Search on the Search and Navigation bar.

  2. Enter a keyword or subject.

  3. Click ‘Search’. You will be directed to the results page that includes content from all of your Newsela subscriptions.

  4. Click "More Filters."

  5. Scroll to "Content Providers."

  6. Select as many publications as you'd like to view in your search results.

  7. Click "Apply." Your results will include only content from your selected Newsela Content Partners.