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Awesome Articles for Students: Websites and Other Resources

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Current event and general interest articles are a wonderful resource for students. They can be used for researching a topic, staying informed on what's happening in the news, pleasure reading, and more.

Student Article Websites

Below is a list of useful websites, listed in alphabetical order, that provide current event and general interest articles for students. Many of these sites provide additional resources such as:

  • Articles written at multiple reading levels (Lexile levels)
  • Quizzes over the article content
  • Discussion questions or writing prompts
  • Options for students to leave comments on the articles
  • Audio versions of the articles

All of these sites are free, although some may require you to register to log in, or to provide your students with a code to access the articles. Some of the sites also have paid versions with additional features, but all provide at least access to the articles at no cost.

Some of the sites are also providing updates on coronavirus and/or free access during the coronavirus school closing crisis.

#1 - CommonLit
Offers a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms, searchable by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.

#2 - DOGOnews
Current event articles covering news, science, social studies, world events, environment, sports, and more.

#3 - KidsPost
The Washington Post provides these articles written for students.

#4 - KiwiKids News 
This New Zealand site provides top-quality articles on world events as well as general interest topics.

#5 - NY Times Article of the Day
This site looks at one New York Times article each day and offers questions for pre-reading, class discussion, and writing.

#6 - News For Kids 
Provides the latest articles on world news, science, sports, arts, and more. Features a coronavirus update page

#7 - Newsela 
Standards-aligned content, with each article written at five different reading levels. Free access during COVID-19 crisis.

#8 - ReadWorks 
1000's of nonfiction and fiction passages with curriculum and supports designed to improve comprehension.

#9 - Science News for Students
Science, health and technology news stories and features, aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old. Featuring Top 10 tips to stay safe during an epidemic

#10 - Student Daily News
Content for students including a daily news article, world events, editorials, editorial cartoons, new quizzes, examples of media bias and more.Includes a section devoted to the 2020 presidential election.

#11 - Teaching Kids News
This site provides articles on news, art, sciences, politics and more  for students in grades 2 through 8, along with thinking questions and discussion prompts. Includes a Fake News resource section.

#12 - Time for Kids
News and articles from Time, written for students K through 6th grade, with some articles including versions in multiple reading levels. Now offering elearning resources to help schools cope with coronavirus disruptions

#13 - TweenTribune
Divided into sections for grades, making it easy to find appropriate articles for any level. Diverse topics include tweens in the news, tanimals, video, culture, world news and much more.

#14 - Wonderopolis
This site posts a new article posted each day answering an intriguing question,such as What are Zombie Worms? or Can You Believe Two Opposite Things? Users are invited to contribute their own questions.  

#15 - Youngzine 
This site is updated weekly with news articles aimed at upper elementary through high school students. Provides a chance for students to express their beliefs via its Op Ed articles. 

cross posted at www.controlaltachieve.com

Eric Curts is an education trainer and consultant with over 20 years' experience throughout the U.S. He is an authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. Read his blog at www.controlaltachieve.com and follow him on Google+ and @ericcurts on Twitter.