Newsela

Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Stellar news tool connects kids to absorbing leveled reads

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 6+

BIAS

This site is sooooooo BIAS. Articles are selected with progressive agenda. Spoon feed bias information to kids. If this was a balance platform it would be a good tool. Districts should not use it as a resource for teachers and students.
2 people found this helpful.
age 10+

Lets use some Common Sense

This site does rely on mainstream media. Yes, it can be left leaning, but lets keep that in perspective. The key part of any learning is how it is framed both in and outside of the classroom. Ultimately, the site does its job, it presents current and past events in a manner of which allows kids to read at their level.
1 person found this helpful.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, text analysis, Science: animals, astronomy, ecosystems and the environment, Social Studies: events, global awareness, power structures, Arts: music, painting
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, investigation, thinking critically, Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Newsela News is free, but Essentials and Core Subjects subscriptions are paid; contact the developer for pricing information for schools and districts.)
  • Last updated: February 27, 2020

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