Reading Standards

Each Newsela article and quiz is connected to two reading standards. These can be found by clicking into an article and hovering your mouse over the light bulb icon.

For an explanation of each standard read below.

Common Core Reading Standards

Anchor 1: What the Text Says

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Anchor 2: Central Idea

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Anchor 3: People, Places and Events

Analyze how and why individuals and events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Anchor 4: Word Meaning and Choice

Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative and figurative meanings and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

Anchor 5: Text Structure

Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g. a section, chapter, scene or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

Anchor 6: Point of View/Purpose

Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Anchor 7: Multimedia

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively as well as in words.

Anchor 8: Arguments and Claims

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.


TEKS Reading Standards

TEKS 1: Making Connections

Synthesize and make logical connections between ideas within a text and across multiple texts representing similar or different genres.

TEKS 2: Summary or Main Idea

Summarize the article and the supporting details to determine the main idea of the overall text; provide an objective summary of the text.

TEKS 3: Vocabulary Development

Interpret words and phrases as they are used in the text. Use the context in which the unfamiliar word or phrase is used in the text to determine its meaning.

TEKS 4: Text Structure Patterns

Analyze how the organizational patterns of a text influences relationships among ideas; explain how these patterns help develop the main idea of the article.

TEKS 5: Author’s Viewpoints

Identify the author’s viewpoints and analyze its use in the text to determine the accuracy of the claim made.

TEKS 6: Interpret Multimedia

Explain the function of graphical components in a text, evaluate the information in the graphic to determine  their role in explaining the main points of the article.

TEKS 7: Claims and Arguments

Explain whether facts included in an argument are used for or against an use; distinguish between substantiated and unsubstantiated facts/claims.

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