Newsela will create Newsela Text Sets of nonfiction articles aligned to your school’s summer reading assignments. Administrators and teachers at PRO schools can request up to 3 Text Sets for each grade level. A Newsela Educator Specialist will create a Text Set of between 4 and 12 articles to be read independently or to support summer book assignments (for example, articles related to the themes and historical context in a novel). The Educator Specialist will provide a link to the Text Set that can be shared with students.
How to Use Program 1: Text Sets for Summer Reading
- Make sure that all students have Newsela accounts. Students who do not yet have Newsela accounts can register by going to Newsela.com and clicking “Join” (students under 13 will need the assistance of a parent or teacher).
- Send us a description of your school’s summer reading assignment(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “PRO Summer Reading”. Your school’s Educator Specialist will create a Text Set of articles to add to the assignment. These could be articles that add nonfiction context for novels, articles on high-interest topics for students, or articles on a particular theme.
- If you would prefer to find or create your own summer assignment Text Set, you can search our index of all Text Sets for Literature, which includes many commonly taught books. You can also explore all Text Sets here.
- After the Text Set has been identified, share this information with students and parents by adding this explanation to your summer reading letter or information page (modify as needed):
For summer reading, our school is using Newsela.com, an online reading platform with high-interest nonfiction articles at multiple reading levels. Newsela can be accessed on an internet browser or by downloading the Newsela app from iTunes or from the Google Play store (if students have limited internet access, they can read offline with those apps). Students who do not already have Newsela accounts can sign up by going to Newsela.com and clicking “Join” (students under 13 will need the assistance of a parent or teacher).
Students should read all articles in this Text Set before the first day of school: [Your Text Set name and link go here]