There are many reasons you may be searching for leveled text to use with your students. Luckily, there are some free tools out there that can make the searching process simple.
In the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 technology trainer Monica Burns explains how to find leveled text with Newsela.
Newsela is an education technology startup dedicated to transforming the way learners access the world through words. Launched in June 2013, Newsela publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using Newsela’s proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. Common Core–aligned quizzes attached to articles give educators and parents insight into their students’ reading strengths and weaknesses. Newsela develops nonfiction fluency and critical-thinking skills necessary to master the Common Core standards for informational text. – About Newsela
Newsela takes a few different articles each day from major news sources around the county, and evaluates them by their lexile level to make sure they are appropriate for students of certain ages.
As you explore the site you'll notice there are many types of articles available, and upon viewing each individual article you can scale the lexile level up or down. This is a great way to feed your students information that fits their specific needs. You can also search the site by lexile level, subject, keyword, or standard.
There are also featured Text Sets available, where you can find a grouping of articles on a particular topic. This is a quick way to grab a few different options for your students all at once.
For more helpful literacy tools, take a look at 10 Free Web Tools to Promote Literacy. Discover tools to help your students become better readers, as well as help you to create engaging lesson plans.
Take a minute now to explore this wonderful tool. What do you think? Leave your thoughts as a comment on this article.
About Our “Leveled Text” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.
About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.