The Hub @ NGC Weekly Newsletter

February 15, 2016

Newsela - Nonfiction Articles, Appropriate Reading Levels

Finding engaging nonfiction text is difficult. When you do find an article, it may not be on the right reading level for your students or your class may have varied reading levels. This is why the site Newsela is so powerful.

Newsela is a database of current events articles that can be read on different reading levels or instantly translated into Spanish. Visit the site and use your NBISD email credentials to create an account. Setup your classes and have students join with a code. Assign articles for the students to read and quiz over. Articles can be searched based on topic, reading level, or features. The free account allows the teacher to see a class average for quiz results, but the paid account gives you more features for drilling down to the student result level. Have students create a shortcut and use Newsela articles as bellringer activities.

Newsela is currently hosting a Student Vote 2016 mock election in partnership with Rock The Vote to encourage students to experience the election process.

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New Nonfiction in The Hub

App of the Week - Ripped Apart

Created by the Smithsonian Institute, this app uses puzzles, primary sources, and historical documents to solve a Civil War mystery. Using gamification for teaching is becoming more popular, and this app immerses players into history in a unique way. Students experience history, research, and journaling all while solving a mystery. Great fun and learning!
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