Resource Introduction: Smithsonian’s TweenTribune

Have you visited TweenTribune lately? No? Then come on back! Now, it’s all about differentiated news articles!

What is it?

TweenTribune is a Smithsonian-published collection of current events news articles Lexile-leveled for students from grades K-12. While it does not provide the automated student leveling and other options of Achieve3000, it does allow you to assign articles to students and manage assessment data. When you assign articles, you assign them at one level only. But, a student browsing through the site can select any level they wish from four choices. The site provides actually published news articles from the Associated Press, and the content is current.

How can I use it?

Like Newsela or Achieve3000, you can use TweenTribune to assign articles related to your skill and content standards while presenting the material at the student’s proficiency level.

But, of course, that’s just the basic use. Consider also that TweenTribune presents standards-aligned lesson plans on such topics as “Creating Meaningful Conversation” or “Be a Media Analyst.” These lessons can support teachers in building reading support in the classroom. The quizzes and online gradebook can turn those lessons into rich learning experiences in your classroom.

Oh, and did I mention it offers Spanish language selections?

Or a “What Do You See?” activity that merges¬†literacy, current events, and visual literacy?

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Check out this friendly and clear discussion of TweenTribune from Sarah Rausch

Resource Links

TweenTribune Home Page

TweenTribune FAQ and Help Page

TweenTribune Lesson Plans

Author: Alexander Clarkson

After ten years of teaching English language arts at Southview High School and three years at McCord Junior High School, Alex is the first digital instruction specialist for Sylvania Schools. He moves from building to building helping teachers reach and engage their students through digital learning.

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