You can find articles by searching for keywords or subjects. To get the best results, try a few different related search terms.
- Click Search Newsela on the Search and Navigation bar.
- Enter a keyword or subject. As you type, Newsela displays articles and Text Sets that match your search term(s).
- Click the magnifying glass icon go to the Advanced Search results page. On this page, you can use the Narrow Your Choices options to filter for other aspects of articles.
To learn more about different aspects of Newsela articles, select an option below.
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Each Newsela article is available at 5 reading levels, ranging from grades 2-12. On any article, click on the leveling button above the title to see and navigate between all levels. The MAX level is the original version of the article. You’ll also see the grade level of the text under the title (“Text Level”). You can learn more about converting Newsela grade levels to Lexile levels here.
Under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page, you’ll see two ways to filter your search by reading level: the Suggested For grade bands and the Text Level.
Text Level Filter: Selecting grade levels with the Text Level filter will limit your results to articles that are available at that grade level.
Suggested For Filter: Selecting maturity levels with the Suggested For filter will limit your results to articles best suited for given age ranges, categorized into grade bands.
- Lower Elementary School: Articles best suited for grades 2-4, with visual supports for comprehension. They are chosen for younger readers and exclude articles that require extensive background knowledge. Their reading levels range from grades 2-6.
- Upper Elementary School: Both Lower Elementary articles and additional articles with reading levels higher than grade 6, some as high as grade 12. The subjects are suited to students in younger grades.
- Middle School: Articles with a wide range of topics. These may require some background knowledge. All are available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.
- High School: All Newsela articles, including articles either too tragic or too complex for younger students. These will require background knowledge. All are available at a range of reading levels between grades 2 and 12.
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Each level of each Newsela article has its own 4-question quiz connected to two reading standards. To find articles with quizzes covering specific reading skills, use the Reading Skills filter under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page.
- 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.
To find articles available in Spanish, use the Language filter under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page. On articles available in Spanish, you will see the option to switch between English and Spanish in the leveling button above the title.
Reading Levels: Spanish articles may not have the same Lexile measure as their English translations because of the complexity of translation. However, the grade levels of the articles correspond across English and Spanish.
Quizzes: The quiz questions for each article in Spanish match those in the English version. Sometimes the answer options will be different. This may occur in questions with paragraph selection, as the paragraph number might change, or in questions that relate to vocabulary and word choice.
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To find articles with Power Words, use the Special Features filter under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page. These articles have 3-5 Power Words embedded at each reading level. Clicking a Power Word reveals a definition of the word as it’s used in the article. In the activities panel, students can complete Power Words activities.
Power Words are selected from Newsela’s Academic Word List (AWL) of Tier II academic vocabulary words, organized by grade level. Students who master these words will be well prepared to read complex texts across a variety of subjects.
Words on the Newsela AWL are organized into families. Each family consists of a headword (e.g. assume) and corresponding subwords (e.g. assumes, assuming, assumption). Our list includes families, not just single words. Our articles may include any variation of an academic word (e.g. approach, approaches, approaching) based on the sentence structure and context of the article.
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Lesson Sparks are activities customized for each article. To find articles with Lesson Sparks, use the Special Features filter under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page. If there are Lesson Sparks for an article, you’ll see them in the activities panel under the Quiz.
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Newsela articles come from a wide range of content providers. To find articles from a specific content provider, use the Content Provider filter under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page.
Newsela articles come in different formats. You can filter your search by 4 of these formats: Essay, Primary Source, Profile, and Reference. To find articles with a specific format, use the Format filter under Narrow Your Choices on the Advanced Search page.