How to use text sets in your classroom

To help you get your creative juices flowing, we have identified some sample lesson and unit plans that you could easily pair with a text set.  These text sets have already been created either by the Newsela staff or by one of our rockstar educators. 

Connecting The Giver to Non-Fiction (Lisa Jenkins, 6-8)

In this captivating lesson, students learn to discover similarities in themes found in The Giver and news articles found on Newsela.

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Battling Bullying (Newsela Staff, 5-8)

This 3-tiered lesson is an engaging introduction to your students' exploration of bullying, conflict-resolution, and designing solutions to encourage empathy and understanding.

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Compare and Contrast (Newsela Staff, All grades)

This versatile lesson plan allows teachers to push their students to think critically and identify the similarities and differences in articles with different points of view.

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Now that you've had a chance to check out these examples, it's your turn to create your own and remix existing text sets on Newsela. The power is in your hands now to easily connect a large variety of Newsela articles to the curriculum you're teaching at your school. 

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