Newsela for Illinois
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New social studies content, made just for Illinois.

A relevant and engaging instructional content platform designed to complement your ELA, social studies, and science curriculum.

Support for Illinois Curriculum Mandates
WCAG and SOPPA compliant resource

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Newsela knows Illinois

As Illinois education evolves, districts can adapt by leveraging Newsela’s flexible content.

  1. NEW! Cover the rich history, geography, and government of your home state as required as a part of the Illinois Social Science Standards with The Illinois State History Collection

  2. Engage students wherever they’re learning with authentic, relevant content from one trusted resource that supports your SEL initiatives and academic needs.

  3. Adhere to Illinois curriculum mandates with engaging content for LGBTQ+ instruction, Black History, and more.

  4. Makes content accessible to all students with an experience that is fully compliant with World Wide Web Compliance Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - adhering to the new Illinois law (Public Act 102-0238).

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Check out examples of our Illinois content

Newsela curates thousands of engaging standards-aligned texts to support Illinois curriculum mandates.
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Instructional supports to expand students' learning experience and engagement

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Curations, Lessons, and Customizations. Create custom activities, search for content by standard, curate Text Sets, and control the reading levels students experience.

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Quizzes, Writing Prompts, and Assignments. Create and share customizable assignments and give students access to reading comprehension quizzes, customizable writing prompts, and annotations.

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Aligned to Illinois State and Local Standards. Use Newsela to teach the standards and priorities of your school, district and the state of Illinois. We support leading frameworks, and commonly used curricula to ensure instruction is both engaging and driving learning.

  • Content aligns to Illinois Priority Learning Standards for English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies

  • SEL content and supports align to Illinois Priority Learning Standards for Social and Emotional Learning 

  • Curriculum Complements across subjects align to the scope and sequence of popular curricular materials 

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High-quality content to support learning

Introducing Add-on Collections for Illinois

Newsela is proud to offer collections that align to Illinois state standards like our Illinois State History Collection and our Illinois State Mandates Collection. Contact our team for more information.

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Meet our trusted Illinois partners

We partner with educators and leaders from around the state to meet your content and PD needs.

Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program

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Resources for Illinois educators

Resources to help Illinois educators get the most from Newsela’s content solutions.


Supporting Illinois Curriculum Mandates

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How custom Newsela collections helped this Illinois district

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Increasing engagement with just-right content

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Building a sustainable SEL strategy

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Content solutions across the curriculum

Meet the needs of your diverse learner populations with authentic, digital-first content.