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Have you ever watched a Ted Talk or read an article on Newsela and have been inspired to pursue a passion project or a call to action? As teachers, we tend to love the idea of having our students engage in passion projects but are uncertain of how to fit it into our curriculum, what resources to use, or if it even aligns with our mandated standards! This webinar will not only explore how can teachers can use Newsela to as a tool to spark student action in Science but also illustrate ideas and resources supported by NGSS that can be used directly with students.
Newsela provides insights per student on their reading. In addition reading skills are assessed along 8 dimensions:
Students can then work on skills that need growth. It's also a good bridge between the MAP testing sessions
Collaborating on a Text Set
An individual text set can only be edited by a single user; we don't have a collaborative creation feature at this point. As a workaround, I would recommend the following:
Create a shared document (either in google docs, or even an email thread) where you discuss the articles you think would be best for each resolution.
Come to a consensus about which articles will support each resolution, in the shared document/email chain.
Appoint a single teacher to build each text set, indicating in the description any relevant information about the resolution and supporting articles.
Sharing Text Sets with Colleagues
Text sets are always shareable, and editable, by teachers.
Share the links of the text sets with the rest of the teachers in your school, or direct them to find the text sets in "Text Sets at Your School." The text set will be available to them all to assign to their students. You can use either the "share" icon beneath the text set title or directly link the url. Please note: teachers will be able to make their own copy to edit.
When you share your links with other educators, include a note on why they should assign these text sets as is. You might include more information on how to create an assignment for those teachers who may need some support using this support page.