Passing over the cutesy title, Smithsonian’s Tween Tribune is a great way to get students involved with current affairs without overwhelming them with technical jargon. If students know their Lexile level, they can select the appropriately leveled version of the article or just choose the one (low, medium, or high vocabulary) that fits their reading level. If teachers create a free account they can create student accounts that allow students to answer questions, take polls, and leave comments on articles. Teachers also have access to a teacher dashboard that includes articles with leveled discussion questions and lesson plans as well as resources to help include the teaching of current events in the classroom.
Subject: Social Studies, Science, Current Affairs
Grade Level: K-12