Essential Information

Newsela's platform takes real and new content from trusted providers and turns it into learning materials that meet most State standards, with leveled readings and text sets available in multiple lexile levels. 

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Newsela has been purchased for staff and students in Grades 3-12 for the 2022-23 school year. Students and teachers can access Newsela through Clever at or on the web at

For more detailed instructions on getting started, teachers are encouraged to consult this Newsela Teacher Guide.

Curricular Uses, Resources, & Tutorials

Students might use these tools to build the following digital learning competencies, as described in SFUSD's Digital Learning Scope & Sequence

Locate Information IconPlan and employ effective research strategies such as using keywords, phrases, filters, operators, & modifiers in search engines, library catalogues, and other databases to locate articles, images, charts, graphs, data, and primary source

Information Literacy IconEvaluate digital content for accuracy and credibility using a variety of strategies (i.e. locating and identifying publication information, cross-referencing information on the web, researching the author or publisher, distinguishing between fact, opinion, news, native advertisements, and propaganda)

Media Analysis IconAnalyze media for personal and cultural bias and explain how media & technology can be used to distort, exaggerate, & misrepresent information.

Webinars & Training Videos

Newsela 101 Virtual Session - a broad overview of Newsela facilitated by Jarrod Denson from Newsela

Newsela 201 Virtual Session - This short course helps you take your learning of Newsela to the next level. Participants will understand how to send assignments including formative assessment to students and how to review student work in the Newsela Binder. Sign into Newsela with your SFUSD google account to access the training. Lessons include: 

  • Lesson 1: Assignments on Google Classroom
  • Lesson 2: Formative Assessment: Quizzes, Write Prompts and Annotations 
  • Lesson 3: Review student work: Binder 

Newsela Support and Troubleshooting Doc from SFUSD's Office of Academics and Professional Development. 

NewsELA End of Year Teacher Account Management keep your classes organized and clean for your next year of teaching by following NewsELAs end of year guidance

Empowering Identity and Culture in the Classroom - Discovering CRP This asynchronous session consists of a series of lesson modules leveraging text, video, interactive try-it tasks, and reflection prompts to guide educators in exploring Newsela resources and instructional strategies to support meaningful classroom learning for all students.

Common Sense Media Aligned Lessons

The following lessons and topics from Common Sense Media will help students use Adobe Spark effectively and responsibly. 

IconNews and Media Literacy
Identify credible & trustworthy sources of information, consider legal and ethical aspects of using the creative work of others, and apply this knowledge as they create & curate digital content. Common Sense Media lessons addressing news and media literacy

This page was last updated on May 15, 2023