Student Guide

Share this guide with your students if you’re using a Class Code or Class Link to get them started with Newsela . If students have already set up their account they can skip steps 1 and 2. You can also download a PDF version of this guide here. 

Guide for Students

Great news! Your teacher signed your class up for Newsela. To get started, follow the directions below.

Step 1: Join a Class*

*Ask your teacher if they have set up Google Classroom or if they’re using a single sign in method with Newsela. If so, you can sign in and skip to step 2.

How to Join Newsela with a Class Link - It's My First Time Here

If you already have a Newsela account, scroll down to How to Join Newsela with a Class Link - I Have a Newsela Account.

  1. Type the class link into a web browser such as Chrome or Safari.
  2. Click It’s my first time here.
  3. Choose one of the following options for creating your Newsela account:

    Option 1: Sign up with Newsela.  
         a. Enter your first and last name, 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.
  4. Click Start Reading on the welcome screen.

How to Join Newsela with a Class Code - It's My First Time Here

  1. Go to www.newsela.com.
  2. Click SIGN UP.
  3. Choose I'm a Learner.
  4. Click Yes and enter the Class Code.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Choose one of the following options for creating your Newsela account:
    Option 1: Sign up with Newsela.
         a. Enter your first and last name, 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.
  7. Click Start Reading on the welcome screen.

How to Join Newsela with a Class Link - I Have a Newsela Account

  1. Type the class link into a web browser such as Chrome or Safari.
  2. Enter your password and click Join. The new class will appear in your list of classes.

How to Join Newsela with a Class Code - I Have a Newsela Account

  1. Go to www.newsela.com and sign in to your Newsela account.
  2. Hover over your name on the Search and Navigation bar at the top and choose ACCOUNT from the drop-down menu.
  3. Under Classes, type the Class Code and click Add Class. The new class will appear in your list of classes.

Step 2. Reading assigned articles

Your BINDER shows the list of articles your teachers have assigned for you to read. You can read any article that interests you, not just the articles assigned by your teacher. Follow the directions below to read assigned articles.

  1. Click BINDER on the Search and Navigation bar at the top.
  2. All articles assigned to you are listed under Your Work.
  3. Click an article in the list to read.
  4. Use the Reading Level Bar on the right to change the language, reading level, use Write, or take a quiz.

Explore Newsela

Congratulations! You're ready to use all the features Newsela has to offer. Click the links below to expolore more. Happy reading!

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