FAQ

Pilot Requirements

What do I need to do during the pilot?  What do my students need to do?

Teachers need to:

  • Assign a total of 10 articles
  • Include two PRO Teacher Resources in their instruction during the course of the pilot
  • Monitor students’ completion of quizzes, grade write prompts and respond to annotations
  • Review the Binder once a week

Students need to:

  • Read a total of 10 articles
  • Take 10 quizzes
  • Complete annotations on at least three articles
  • Complete the write prompt on at least three articles

What if I have spring break during this time? 

Not a problem, we expected that many teachers will have break during the pilot.  There is 7 weeks total and you will still be able to meet the requirements of the pilot even with a vacation.  Please reach out over email if you have concerns. 

Classroom Implementation

 

How should I use these to plan for instruction?

The Teaching Guides were designed to save teachers time in finding articles and resources to target a specific reading skill. The Newsela articles section is organized so that you use the three articles for guided instruction, student independent practice, and re-teaching either in the whole class or in small groups to focus on the instructional purpose.  

When planning for Guided Instruction or Re-teaching, you would select an article to assign from one of the instructional purposes. Use a PRO Teacher Resource from that section to plan your mini-lesson. Next, you would review annotations you want to share and PRO Assign instructions you will include. Finally, you would assign it to the class. Make sure you prompt students to take the quiz and, in some instances, complete the write prompt.

When planning for Independent Practice, you would select an article to assign from one of the instructional purposes. Next, you would review annotations you want to share and PRO Assign instructions you will include. Finally, you would assign it to the class. Make sure you prompt students to take the quiz and, in some instances, complete the write prompt.

Make sure to schedule time to review student work in the Binder.

 

What should this look like in my classroom?

Guided Instruction

When implementing this type of instruction with Newsela, you will project the article on a screen for all the students to see. We recommend you log in as a student so that your view matches students. You might use a PRO Teacher Resource to plan for your mini-lesson prior to reading the article. Educators will either employ read-aloud, shared reading, popcorn reading, or jigsaw to read the article. You can pause and discuss annotations before completing them as a class.  Then, students will reread the text, take the quiz, respond to annotations and, perhaps, respond to the write prompt. Some educators choose to have students follow along with their devices, others have students take out devices after the we do portion of the lesson. You might use a PRO Teacher Resource to plan for a group activity or extension project to complete after reading.

Independent Practice

When implementing this type of instruction with Newsela, you will assign an article to your class.  They will independently read the text, take the quiz, respond to annotations, and the write prompt. This could be used during silent reading time, as homework, or station teaching. You might use a PRO Teacher Resource to plan for a group activity or extension project to complete after reading.

Re-teaching

When implementing this type of instruction with Newsela, you will assign an article to your class.  However, perhaps only some of the students will complete this assignment. You might call them to the back to have a small group session to reinforce what they should be practicing while reading. You could use a PRO Teacher Resource for re-teaching.  You might also decide to use this for additional homework for students who need extra practice.

 

About the Teaching Guides

What are reading behaviors?

Reading behaviors are practices that students should be building toward throughout the pilot program when the teacher is focusing them on that specific skill. These are taken from the Common Core Learning Standards and reinforce behaviors students should be consistently practicing. If you select to use multiple teaching guides, you will see the shift in behaviors align with the skill.  

 

Where do I find the articles that target the skill?

The articles are hyperlinked in the Newsela Articles section. Each Newsela Articles section is broken up into instructional purposes. Newsela has read all of the articles and organized them for each instructional purpose. For example, in the Central Idea Teaching Guide, one of the instructional purposes is Making Predictions. Underneath that purpose are three articles that you can use for guided instruction, independent practice, and re-teaching. This is true in all of the teaching guides.

 

How do I assign the articles?

To assign an article, click on the hyperlink. This will bring you to the article page. After determining if it is right for your students, click on the assign drop-down button above the article and then select the class the article is for. You can add directions from the PRO Assign Instructions recommendations on the teaching guide. Finish by clicking on assign.

Where do I find PRO Teacher Resources?

The section Formative Tasks includes PRO Teacher Resources, PRO Assign Instructions, Recommended Annotations, All Annotations and Assessments. PRO Teacher Resources are listed at the top and are hyperlinked. When you click the link, you will be brought to the article and need to expand the navy blue box to find the PRO Teacher Resource you can use. These are best used for guided instruction and re-teaching in small groups. During the pilot, you must use two of these in your classroom.

 

To learn more about PRO Teacher Resources, click here. To take a course on PRO Teacher Resources to earn professional development credit, click here.

 

How do I use the PRO Assign instructions?

The PRO Assign Instructions are a process that you can use to share with students the purpose of reading. They are flexible, meaning they can be used with any of the articles underneath that instructional purpose. When you assign an article, copy and paste the instructions into the box before assigning. These could also be reused in your classroom for future articles you assign on Newsela.

 

Which annotations should I use?

Newsela has provided you with recommended annotations and annotations for all articles.

During the pilot, your students must annotate at least three articles. Recommended annotations are:

  • Available right on the article
  • Accessible by clicking on the hyperlinked article
  • Shared with students by clicking SHARE

Recommended annotations can be about both the content and the skill the article covers.  Therefore, if you want to specifically target the instructional purposes, you should use the Annotations for All Articles which are:

  • Questions that you will need to add to an article of your choice
  • Available to copy and paste from the teaching guide

To annotate the text, take the following steps:

  1. Highlight the text in the article you want to point out
  2. A box for a color and to write will appear
  3. Copy and paste your annotation for all question there
  4. Click SHARE for students to see

No matter which annotations you use, don’t forget to click SHARE on the recommended annotations for all reading levels in your class and to ADD your annotations to all the reading levels in your class. To learn more about annotations, click here.

 

How do I assess my students?

The Teaching Guide can help you incorporate both formative and summative assessments. You can gather formative assessments from students’ quiz answers, annotations, and written responses. At the end of the unit, you can filter in the Binder by date range so that you can see work completed while using the Teaching Guide with your students. The progress you see during the time period could be one form of summative assessment. To learn more about the Binder, click here.

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