Quick Start Guide for Teachers

Thanks for joining Newsela! We'll help your students become stronger readers and get them started reading articles immediately. Follow the steps below to get started.

Step 1. Register for Newsela

Registering for Newsela allows you to create classes, assign articles, and track your students' progress.

  1. Go to www.newsela.com.
  2. Click SIGN UP.
  3. Choose I'm an Educator.
  4. Click Yes if you are a faculty member at a K-12 school, higher ed institution, or adult ed school or No if you aren't.
  5. Choose one of the following options for creating your Newsela account:
    NOTE: You must use a valid school email address to sign up with Newsela.

    Option 1: Sign up with Newsela.
         a. Enter your first and last name, valid school email address, and a password.
         b. Click Get Started.
    Option 2: Sign up with Google.
         a. Click Sign up with Google.
         b. Log in to your Google account if you aren't already logged in.
         c. Click Allow on the Google authentication page.
  6. For educators:
         a. Choose your school and click Confirm School.
         b. If you do not see your school, enter the school name, address, city, state, or ZIP.   
  7. For others:
         a. Select your role and country from the drop-down menus.
         b. Enter your ZIP code.
         c. Click Finish.
  8. Verify your email address to begin using Newsela. To change your email address or if you need another verification email, use the links on the verification page.

Step 2. Creating classes and adding students

To manage your students, articles, and quizzes, create classes and add students to each class. NOTE: When you register for Newsela, you are prompted to create your first class. You can edit or delete this class later. Google Classroom Users: DO NOT create classes in Newsela, import your Google Classrooms to Newsela.

  1. Hover over your name on the Search and Navigation bar at the top and choose CLASSES.
  2. Type your class name, select a grade, then click Add Class.
  3. Click Invite Students.
  4. Share the Class Link or Class Code with your students. 

    Each class has a customized Quick Start Guide that tells students how to join your class. Click the Quick Start Guide  icon on your Classes page to access the customized guide and share it with your students.
    NOTE: Teachers can't add students to a class.
  5. For additional help getting your students started, see Quick Start Guide for Students.

Step 3: Assigning articles

Newsela adds new articles each day that can be assigned to your students.

  1. Click LIBRARY or NEWS on the Search and Navigation bar at the top.
  2. Browse the Latest News articles or use the NARROW YOUR CHOICES options to view articles for a specific grade, reading standard, publication, or language.
  3. Click the article you want to assign.
  4. Click Assign at the top left and select a class.
  5. If you are a Newsela  member, type instructions for your students.
  6. Click Assign.

Newsela has two advanced features for Newsela  educators that help your students get the most out of the articles you assign. See What's Next below for more information on these features.

  •  Tip: The Annotation feature allows educators to add annotations to articles that are visible to their students. Students can then reply to the annotations. 
  •  Tip: The Write feature allows educators to prompt students to write a few paragraphs about an article (to summarize key points, for example). You can then give feedback on and score their response. The Write feature is a great way to supplement the quiz. See the Write Webinar Recording for more information

What's Next?

Use the following links to learn about more Newsela features!

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