News2you 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, News2you 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 News2you, 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 for service providers. In Student View, the Current Issue will be made available on the Monday of the publication date and remain accessible for one week (except for June, July, and August where they are available for the whole month). 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.
News2you Levels of Difficulty
News2you 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 News2you'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). News2you'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 News2you. 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.