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Students reading news articles in ELA class

English Language Arts

Incorporating News-O-Matic Into Your ELA Curriculum

News-O-Matic’s engaging and authentic articles seamlessly integrate into any district’s ELA curriculum.  Every article supports reading comprehension through research-based strategies for developing vocabulary, activating prior knowledge, and making connections to real-world examples.  With new articles published every weekday, students have ample opportunities to practice the skills and strategies needed in order to increase comprehension.

Supporting Literacy Instruction

Informational Text: providing opportunities for students to practice identifying key details and main ideas within a variety of texts and well as offering a wide variety of topics to support their background knowledge


Writing and Research: Students can practice their writing skills with our open-ended questions; and with access to over 13,000 archived articles, students can conduct research on a particular topic in a safe and student-friendly environment


Speaking and Listening: our Read-To-Me feature provides students with audio recordings of native language speakers reading each text aloud on multiple lexile® levels; thus providing students an opportunity to increase their reading fluency 


Vocabulary Development: Every News-O-Matic article incorporates challenging vocabulary words with read-aloud supports and provided student-friendly definitions; teachers can also preview and pre teach these vocabulary words prior to reading 


Media Literacy: Students and teachers have access to a variety of multimedia resources to increase student awareness of all aspects of the media and information literacy

Informational Text Standards

News-O-Matic articles are now aligned to all 50 states’ standards as well as NGSS, NCSS and Common Core ELA.  Teachers from around the country can use News-O-Matic’s standards-aligned articles to teach key informational text standards such as: 

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Key Ideas & Supporting Evidence
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Organizational Pattern & Text Structure
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Point of View
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Using Images and Graphics to Locate Information
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Cause & Effect
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Compare & Contrast
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News-O-Matic articles also include differentiated quizzes based on lexile® levels, opportunities to extend student learning through our fact/act feature, the ability to customize questions with our new assignment feature, and the opportunity for student collaboration using our thought-provoking discussion questions.

Sample Materials for ELA teachers

Any News-O-Matic article can be used for reading and writing practice. Here are a few examples of lesson plans, comprehension questions, and close reading questions that have been used for previous ELA news articles.

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