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Newsela and PDE's exemplar resources for Pennsylvania Schools

Newsela and PDE collaborated to build exemplar units of study in support of Act 35 (Civics), Act 70 (Holocaust) and two ELA skills-based units, Reading Elements and Text Dependent Analysis. These state-standards aligned resources are available to every Pennsylvania public educator at no cost today. Login or create a Newsela account to access these units in the “Collections” section of your Newsela homescreen.

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Act 35 Resources

Co-created with the PDE Social Studies department, this exemplar unit provides differentiated content and resources designed to bring civic understanding and informed action to life in classrooms and beyond.

Act 70 Resources

In this unit, students seek to find answers to complex questions including, What factors enable people to individually and collectively perpetrate crimes against humanity? And What does the Holocaust teach us about the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping in society?

Reading Elements Exemplar

Co-created with the PDE ELA department, this middle school resource provides differentiated content and instructional supports designed to assist students in identifying and understanding priority reading elements, including word choice, text structure and character development.

Text Dependent Analysis

Middle School resource that provides differentiated content and instructional supports designed to assist students in successfully inferring author’s purpose, understanding text meaning and analyzing nonfiction text structure.

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