Information Literacy

News Websites and Resources

There are many news resources for exploring currents events geared specifically for students.

  • Newsela ( is a database of currents events articles scaled at 5 different Lexile reading comprehension levels. Daily articles are grouped by theme (e.g. War & Peace, Money, Kids, Science, Law, Health, Arts, Sports, Opinion). Newsela also offers Text Sets for Science, Literature, Social Studies, Spanish, as well as a Library of factual information with Primary Source documents. 
  • The Learning Network ( by the New York Time offers classroom resources from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes and student contests all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on the Features like the Article of the Day, Teenagers in the Times, and STEM articles are great jumping off points for classroom research. 
  • PBS NewsHour Extra ( curates News for Students and Teacher Resources for the 7-12 Grade Level. Articles are organized by themes (Arts & Culture, Economics, ELA, Geography, Government & Civics, Math, Media Literacy, Politics, Science, Social Issues, Social Studies, Technology and World) as well as Lesson Plans for teachers and Student Voices. 
  • CNN10 ( A daily ten-minute news show from CNN that explains global news to a global audience. The 10-minute news shows appears as a daily digital video and identifies stories of international significance and clearly describes why it's making the news, who is affected, and how the event fits into international society. 
  • TweenTribune ( from Smithsonian provides daily AP news articles, Lexile leveled articles for K12, self-scoring quizzes, critical thinking questions, Espanol AP articles and weekly video and lesson plan. 
  • Science News for Students ( offers compelling science articles that are age-appropriate for learners, parents, and educators. To help educators, each story includes further readings, citations to the original research on which the stories are based, power words, and a readability score to ensure the text is accessible to teens. 

Accessing Electronic Resources

  • One of my #1 goals this year as a LITT is to expose faculty and students to the wide variety of electronic resources available through Beaverton School District.  

    Research shows that one area college-level students are lacking is in their ability to locate, access and disseminate scholarly material -- especially from academic electronic databases.  

    So if our goal is for Sunset students to be college and career ready our students need to know this information!

    1. Electronic Resources:  Access the Sunset Library catalog, electronic databases, eBooks, encyclopedias, etc from the Sunset Library Resource Page (hint:  bookmark it or access it from the Staff bookmark link!).  EBSCO Academic Search Complete is a new database to Beaverton this year!

    2. Handouts: Look over the two PDF handouts that were sent by email.

      1. One is a faculty handout which explains how to log in, search, share resource lists and passwords for various databases.

      2. Feel free to make copies of the student handout for your classes.  (This would be a great addition to the 9th grade notebook).  Pass this out to students but please don’t publish the password on a public website!

    3. Instruction: Invite me to a learning team meeting or to one of your classes and I will teach how to access the resources and give hints on how to conduct an effective search.

    4. Breakfast Club!  Want to meet 1:1 or with a few other to learn the basics of searching and access any of our electronic databases?  Let’s meet in Colette’s office Wednesday mornings at 7:15am for a refresher. Just drop by anytime :)

Additional Resources:
  • OSLIS for Secondary Teachers: OSLIS is the state funded Oregon School Library Information System that provides access to electronic databases for every Library in the the state.  This site also provides ideas for teaching research as well as an easy to use Citation Maker.
  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab).  The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.