You need to learn an important word here: Curation. “Cure” comes from the word “Care”, and it means taking care of something. A Curator is an expert who works at a museum and picks the best pieces for an exhibition to show at the museum.
At Newsela, there is a team of writers who pick the best news stories and make them into an exhibition. So you don’t have to find the good stories.
But better, they write 4 versions of the story. They take the regular version, for native speakers, and make an easier version for high school students, and another for junior high students, and another for grade school students.
You can see the box at the right, where the funny numbers are. When you use Newsela, you can CHOOSE which level you want to read at. If there are too many words to look up in the dictionary, try reading an easier version. Once you understand the basic idea, go back and read the more difficult version. Take notes on vocabulary and sentences, and prepare for a discussion in class, or in the English Room!
OLN Xreading News: Tuesdays
This week: What is XReading?
Xreading is a web-based software that takes away most of the problems of Extensive Reading and makes it easy to read. With paper books, you had to go to the library, search among stacks and stacks of books, check a book out, and return it after you were done. Then you had to write a book report to show the teacher you read the book. So much work!
With Xreading, you can be anywhere, and search your phone for the perfect book for your mood. You can choose it and start reading instantly. If you don’t like it, you can just start another. You don’t have to write a report, because the teacher can see when you are reading and even how fast you are reading. Your teacher can help you pick better books, and give you ideas about how to have more pleasure when you read. That is what Extensive Reading is all about, reading for pleasure. And Xreading makes that easier.
This might seem to be an easy question, but it is not. The dictionary says it is any new information, especially if it is reported through media. But these days, you have to be very careful. Before it was expensive to make news, you had to print a newspaper, or own a TV station. Now information is easy for anyone to make, so we get a lot of bad information. Some people call this “fake news”. You should make sure that any new information comes from more than one place, with a good reputation. There are good places to check facts, my favorite is snopes.com. You can find out of Obama was arrested for drugs in Japan, for example.
Third-year students will get a book soon for summer reading. It is called Media Meltdown, about how companies control information. But before that, you can use Newsela to explore with your Culture Today and Society Today teachers.
OLN Xreading News: Tuesdays
This week: What is Extensive Reading?
Extensive Reading is reading a lot, but reading books that are easy. Easy means you can understand most of the words. You read for the story, you read sentences, not words, and you read for fun. Watch a Showa student talk about extensive reading. (3 minutes)