Getting Started with News-2-You
News-2-You® is a weekly online newspaper subscription that connects students with the world around them through current events topics. Each topic is provided in four levels of difficulty to accommodate every stage of reading, from beginning to advanced, as well as a text-only version. Working closely with the Associated Press, News-2-You is timely, contemporary and applicable in classrooms nationwide. Lessons and learning experiences are extended through interactive symbol-supported articles, activities, games, guided practice opportunities and flexible means of expressing what they have learned.
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With News-2-You, students engage in rich literacy and language instruction while learning about diverse topics in current events.
The Current Issue is published weekly from September to May during the school year and monthly in June, July, and August. The weekly articles and related activities are available the Thursday before the publication date and stay online for two weeks. The newspaper is provided in four levels of difficulty (simplified, regular, higher, advanced) as well as a text-only version. To toggle between levels, click on the difficulty button located above the current issues.
News-2-You Levels of Difficulty
News-2-You is designed to be teacher-led, with the highest level of content presented first (the Advanced level of the issue), followed by the level appropriate for individual instruction. This practice aids in building literacy skills for students with disabilities and/or beginning readers.
The weekly Extension Activity has extended information about the newspaper topic with recall questions and video links. This supplemental activity includes eight pages of information and six question and answer activities. It is intended to augment News-2-You's weekly issue content and serves as a wonderful class participation tool. The extension activity can be opened on an interactive whiteboard for the entire class to view all at once.
Each weekly article has an accompanying Communication Board (Comboard). News-2-You's Communication Board makes language visible and accessible and can be used for numerous communication and vocabulary-building activities. Available as an iDoc, the communication board can speak, be printed, and also accessed on a variety of platforms such as a desktop or interactive whiteboard.
The Breaking News section is reserved for the latest news stories in the categories of World News, Sports News, and Entertainment News. These articles are added throughout the week and can serve as supplemental coverage in the classroom. Breaking News articles often contain external video or web links that offer additional information about the topic. The World News section uses a zoomable map so students can see the places where the news is happening.
Using the iDoc
All editions of the weekly articles and the supporting activities open as an interactive document (iDoc) in which the subscriber can print or interact with the activity online. The iDoc has several unique features that support classroom and individual participation including,
Interactive iDoc and PDF
News-2-You articles can be accessed as an Interactive Document or as a PDF to allow for easy printing.
In the Activities section, iDoc's are always represented with an orange icon.
Each weekly newspaper issue is supported by a variety of enrichment activities and interactive games found in the Activity section of News-2-You. The activities aid in enhancing content understanding and provide review material to keep students engaged in their studies all week. They are provided in a differentiated format to include ALL levels of learners.
Class News is an interactive activity designed for classroom involvement in conjunction with the News-2-You weekly topic. With this online activity, students can be directly part of creating their very own newspaper. Class News uses a series of interactive screens that will keep your classroom involved, thinking, and communicating about the world around them. It can be accessed from the Class News section of News-2-You menu.
Joey's Locker is an interactive center that contains online games, a symbol support non-fiction book, and an interactive game-like activity with a geographical focus. Six games are provided each week to enhance the vocabulary and reinforce the content presented in the weekly newspaper. The interactive games are platform agnostic and can be used on tablets and the iPad!
Holidays, Planning & Extra Materials
In addition to the weekly articles, News-2-You offers several other resources to support current event topics in the classroom.
Holiday pages are provided in the regular and higher levels of difficulties. The pages coincide with traditional American and Canadian holidays (including all religious holidays). Articles for every holiday of the year are available with and without symbol support. These activities are provided in a downloadable PDF and iDoc format. Some of the featured holidays are,
The Planning section of News-2-You provides a list of upcoming topics for future newspapers as well as a shopping (ingredient) list for future recipes. These lists are provided to give users an idea of what's to come, so they can prepare in advance for classroom inclusion.
The Extra Materials section of News-2-You houses numerous templates and supporting files to support the weekly Current Issues. Blank templates and several different worksheets are provided in this section. Supporting files for Saltillo, MyTalk, Jabba (Mind Express), and PRC are also available as an extra feature to subscribers. However, users must have an account with the respective third party application to access.