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.  

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 options listed, including selecting articles, worksheets, videos, standards, or text sets. You can change the language to Spanish next to the blue search option.

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 using the filters listed below

Reading Level Filter

Selecting a grade in the Reading Level filter will limit your results to articles that have a Lexile level within that grade's Lexile band. Teachers can slide the selector seen above to include the range of levels they would like to access content in. 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. Slide the toggle to choose the range of levels for your search

Maturity Level Filter

Selecting maturity levels with the “Maturity Level” filter will limit your results to articles that we have designated for the specified grade band

  • Lower Elementary School: These are articles best suited for grades 2-4, often with visual supports for comprehension. They are chosen for younger readers and do not require  extensive background knowledge. Scary or Sensitive subject matter is never included in content that is marked as Lower Elementary.  Lower Elementary content is available at a range of reading levels between 2-6. 

  • Upper Elementary School: Articles best suited for readers in grades 4-6. These articles typically include a single main idea and sometimes require background knowledge. Scary or sensitive subject matter is never included in content deemed appropriate for Upper Elementary classrooms.  Upper Elementary content is available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.

  • Middle School: Articles best suited for grades 6-8. These articles may require background knowledge and are intended to facilitate awareness of global events and issues. Middle School content is available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.

  • High School: Articles in this group typically requires background knowledge and maturity and are often too complex for younger students.  We believe that Teachers and caretakers know their students best and so they still are able to assign any maturity of article to any student of their choosing.  High School content is available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12. are available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.



  1. Select the Power Words option to limit your search to articles with the Power Words activity