The Binder: Grading and Reviewing Work

Teachers can review student work in the Binder or on the article page of any article you've assigned. Select an option below for an overview of reviewing work in each location. In the rest of this section, you can find information about reviewing all types of work that students can complete on Newsela. 

To review student work in the Assignments tab in the Binder, follow these steps:

  1. Click Assignments at the top any Newsela page.

  2. You will see a list of your assignments and drafts, and how many students have viewed each assignment.

  3. Click an assignment to go to the Assignments Review Page. From here, you can review a summary of class activity for the assignment, high-level information on individual student performance, and which students need their work reviewed.

  4. To see activity in more detail, take the following steps:

    1. Click an article to navigate to the article page, and find more class-wide information in the left hand menu.

    2. Click a student's name to review their individual work on the assignment.

You'll see student information related to the specific subject (or subjects) for which you have a subscription. This includes subject-specific quizzes, subject-specific write prompts, overall read time, and any annotations made.

To review student work from an article page, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the article

    1. by clicking the assignment in your binder, and the article title. 

    2. by searching for the article.

  2. On the left side, you will see a list of students.

    1. For assigned articles, you will see a list of students who have completed the assignment, and those who have not yet viewed the article.   

    2. For unassigned articles, you will see a list of students who have completed activities for that article.

  3. Under each student's name, you will see a row for each reading level at which they completed work. The Newsela "n" icon indicates the student's current Newsela reading level. 

  4. Click a row to review work. You will now see the number of student annotations and reading time on the article. In the activities panel on the right, you will see quiz answers, writing responses, and Power Words activities. Student names with a blue dot to the right of their number of annotations indicates that their work has not yet been reviewed.

In the Reading Summary tab in the Binder, you can see a summary of all student activity on Newsela, review students' performance on reading skills, and navigate to a Reading Summary for each student. To review student work in the Reading Summary tab, follow these steps:

Reading Summary Tab

  1. Click Binder at the top of the page

  2. Select Reading Summary in the drop-down menu.

To Review a Summary of Class-wide Student Work

  1. When you select the Reading Summary tab, you are, by default, in the Summary section.

  2. You are able to see

    1. Students' reading levels

    2. Students' percentile on Newsela

    3. Number of articles viewed

    4. Activity averages including

      1. Time

      2. Quiz score

      3. Write Score

      4. Annotations

      5. Power Words

  3. To include activity in all classes, change the filter in the top right from the default "off" to "on"

To Review Reading Skills Performance

  1. Click the Reading Skills section to review your class's performance each skill.

Note: This feature is not available for Newsela Social Studies and/or Newsela Science subscriptions.

To Review Individual Student Work

  1. Click a student's name to view their individual Reading Summary.

    1. In the Reading Summary section, you will see a graph showing their reading activity.

    2. Scroll down and click a class name or Independent Reading to see a row for each article on which they have completed work.

    3. In an article row, click on an activity to review it in more detail on the article page. For a shortcut to resetting the quiz score or requesting a writing response revision, click the three dots on the right side.  Select the Power Words tab to view of the words the student has practiced.

Each level of every Newsela article has its own 4-question quiz connected to reading skills. When you have a Newsela ELA or Newsela Essentials subscription, you can use the Binder to understand your students' levels of success on reading informational texts skills.

Reviewing work by reading skill

  1. Click Binder from the masthead menu at the top of the page.

  2. Select the Reading Summary tab from from the dropdown menu.

  3. Click Reading Skills to view a list of your students and their performance on each skill.

  4. To view an individual class, select the name of your class from the blue left-hand navigation bar.

  5. To include assessed skills from other classes and independent reading, click the "off" switch on the "Include Activity from Outside this Class" filter in the upper right corner of the Binder.

Anchor Skills

  • What the Text Says

    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

  • Main Idea, Key Details, and Summarization

    Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

  • Connecting People, Events, and Ideas

    Analyze how and why individuals and events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

  • Word Meaning & Choice

    Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative and figurative meanings and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

  • Text Structure

    Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g. a section, chapter, scene or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

  • Point of View and Purpose

    Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

  • Interpret Multimedia

    Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively as well as in words.

  • Arguments & Claims

    Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Newsela's activity feed show recent school and student activity in Newsela.

  1. Click Binder at the top of the page.

  2. Select Activity Feed from the drop-down menu.

  3. This will bring up the recent work completed by students in your class and recent teachers who have joined your school.

    1. Selecting an activity from this list will direct you to the assignment page for the assignment or the independent work completed by the student.