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 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.
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 service provider-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 unique learners and/or beginning readers.
- Simplified – A great way to introduce the topic and vocabulary of the week, with a basic symbol supported overview of the weekly topic.
- Regular – Provides in-depth coverage of the weekly topic with clear and concise sentence structure and symbol support.
- Higher – Same in-depth topic coverage as the regular version but in a paragraph form with symbol support.
- Advanced – Provided in expanded text in a periodical format, the Advanced level offers additional information about the weekly topic and digital real-life pictures.
Each weekly issue is also supported by a variety of related activities and interactive games including,
- Extension Activity
- Enrichment Activities
- Communication Board
- Class News
- Today's Weather
- Interactive Cartoon or Adapted Storybook
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.
Select View Fullscreen to remove the browser excess at the top and bottom of the display.
Use the Settings menu to move the navigation toolbar to the bottom of the page.
Read the supporting text together or use the text-to-speech feature online to gain deeper understanding of the topic.
Answer comprehension questions as a group. Answers are supported by red or green highlights and sound incentives.
Watch reinforcing instructional videos by clicking on the links at the end of the activity.
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.
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.
Weekly issues are supported by activities that support skills in the areas of Math-Number Concepts, Fine Motor, Writing, Vocabulary Acquisition, Word Study Skills, Cooking, and Geography. Core Worksheets are provided for calendar, sorting and map activities that may be routine exercises in the classroom. Additional materials for math and money concepts are also provided in a template format.
All activities have a direct alignment to the Reading Standards for Informational Text and the Speaking & Listening Standards. Other activities included weekly that do not meet these standards are provided as a direct link to the weekly paper content, often supported with symbols.
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,
- Accessibility on a variety of platforms like a personal computer, laptop, iPad/tablet, and smartboard
- Text to speech with a natural sounding voice
- Speak page or click to speak functionality
- Text highlighting and rate of speech options
- Interactive components such as drag-and-drop, click (or touch) and type, and choice interaction
- Answer incentives that include sound and highlighting with the option to disable
- Ability to print as a hard copy and/or downloadable PDF format
- Ability to zoom in, out, and pan for modification and visual support purposes
- Quick navigation to pages and level with the go-to tab
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.
PDF's are represented with the red and white Adobe icon.
To print from the iDoc,
1. Select the n2y globe located in the upper left
2. Select Print from the menu options
3. Select Print All or Current Page
The weekly newspaper as well as most of the related activities can also be downloaded in a PDF format. Although the PDF version doesn't have interactive capabilities, this option allows you to save the materials for offline use at a later date.
Click here for a full guide on getting started with the iDoc.