Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge FAQ

Everything you need to know about the Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge

*Exclusive to elementary and middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District

The Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge is a one month reading challenge that encourages students to read from a collection of articles about climate change featuring an op-ed by singer and Disney star Kevin Quinn. The goal of the Challenge is to raise awareness about climate change, while encouraging students to read closely and deepen their reading comprehension.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge. If you don’t find the answer to a question you have below, please email community@newsela.com and we’d be happy to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which schools are eligible to participate and does my school need to sign up for the Challenge to begin participating?

All elementary and middle schools in LAUSD are eligible to participate. No additional sign-up is required. We will be automatically tracking points at all elementary and middle schools in LAUSD.

What is the duration of the Challenge?

The Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge lasts 4 weeks.
Start date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
End date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Who is eligible?

Any student attending an elementary or middle school in LAUSD is eligible to participate.

Do my students need to have a Newsela account?

Yes, your students need Newsela accounts to participate. If your students do not have already have accounts, please follow these instructions to help them create account.

Is there any cost to participate?

No, there is no cost to participate.

Do teachers need to do anything to have their students participate?

Once students have their Newsela accounts, they can participate independently. We will be offering prizes to schools that have the highest participation. Teachers are encouraged to help students participate in the challenge and discuss the topic of climate change. Check out this page for ways to use Newsela in your classroom.

Is there a deadline for my students to begin participating?

No. The Challenge begins April 6, 2016 but students will be able to begin participating any time up to the end of the Challenge on May 4, 2016. The sooner students begin to read, the greater the opportunity they have to earn points.

Why did Newsela create the Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge?

Newsela partnered with Kevin Quinn with the goal of raising student awareness about climate change, while encouraging students to read closely and deepen their reading comprehension.

How can I help my students succeed with the challenge?

Teachers are encouraged to help students participate in the challenge and discuss the topic of climate change. You can also check out this page to learn more about implementing Newsela in your classroom and increasing student participation during the challenge.

What is my students’ goal in participating in the Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge?

Every student’s goal for the Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge is to read as many articles as he or she can. Points are awarded to students based on quizzes taken and correct quiz questions answered. Additional points are earned when students read articles in the Taking on Climate Change Text Set.

In addition to earning points by reading articles and taking quizzes, the goal of this Challenge is to learn about climate change and to think of ways to take informed action on the issue.

How will my students earn points?

How does my school win?

The school with the highest Kevin Quinn Climate Change Reading Challenge score at the end of the challenge wins. Throughout the challenge, Newsela will determine Reading Challenge Scores for schools in LAUSD. We will be posting updates throughout the duration of the challenge. Check out this page if you are interested in seeing school rankings.

What are the prizes?

First Place:

A visit from Kevin Quinn: The school with the highest score will receive a visit from Kevin Quinn. Kevin Quinn is a singer and Disney star on the show "Bunk'd."

Additional prizes:

Second Place and Third Place: The schools with the second and third highest average numbers of points per student will receive Newsela prize packs.

All Participating Schools: Kevin will be personally responding to students who submit exceptional writing responses to the Write prompt for his op-ed about climate change.  

How can my school participate if we do not have 1:1 digital devices?

There are many ways to participate, even if your school does not have a 1:1 digital devices for students. Check out this article for more ways on how your students can participate.

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