Advocate for literacy and civic learning: Use local and state newspapers

Aug 02, 2014

Lisa Lord will receive the Dave Jones award in February 2015 at the NC Press awards ceremony. She and other Dave Jones award recipients answer the question: What motivates teachers to dedicate time on a regular basis to having students read and discuss current local and state news? The recipients demonstrate how reading news and

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Newspapers (and Illustrations) Motivate Readers and Writings

May 15, 2014

Dav Pilkey received the Caldecott Honor medal for the book Paperboy, a book I often read aloud at workshops. The boy’s daily routine appears quiet and solitary. He’s running a small business and doing well at it. He gets up early each morning. With his dog by his side, he rides his bike from house

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Cartoonist Kevin Siers wins the Pulitzer Prize: The “punch of an editorial cartoonist”

May 06, 2014

The Charlotte Observer’s resident cartoonist, Kevin Siers received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 2014. His selection was based on 20 cartoons on national topics he submitted to the Pulitzer board. An in-depth story written by Mark Washburn about Siers’ selection appears on the Charlotte Observer’s website. Things to know about Kevin: Landed

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Election 2014

Apr 27, 2014

2014 gives newspapers and schools opportunities to explore the essential question in a democracy, WHY DOES EVERY VOTE MATTER? You’ll find lesson plans on leadership, historic newspapers and other sources about elections on this voting website:   Read more of this report for updates to 2012 information.   The American Bar Association chose “Why

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Betty Debnam, Creator of the Mini Page

Apr 23, 2014

MINI PAGE ARCHIVE Betty Debnam launched the Mini Page in 1969 and created a four-page tab section each week until she sold the feature to Universal Press Syndicate in 2007. The Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill has digitized all of the 1969-2007 issues. To find Debnam’s archived editions

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Celebrate Democracy: Hold Collaborative Conversations

Apr 03, 2014

At last year’s International Reading Association (IRA) convention, Doug Fisher spoke about using “collaborative conversations” to transform teaching and learning. Collaborative conversations sound like well-run town hall meetings and the marketplace of ideas that sustains democracies.  Learn about Collaborative Conversations from the Speaking and Listening Standards on the Common Core website. Comprehension and Collaboration: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare

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Women’s History Month (March); Law Day (May 1)

Mar 10, 2014

During Women’s History Month in March, read stories in print and online newspapers that highlight the contributions that women make or have made. Conduct activities on voting to mark Law Day, commemorated on May 1. CONTENT on WOMEN Based on your newspaper reading, complete the attached GRAPHIC ORGANIZER. Complete the organizer for each woman you

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March: NIE Week and Local Journalism

Feb 05, 2014

Teachers and parents, Newspaper in Education Week is March 3-7, 2014. NIE WEEK GUIDE Every year, NIE Week presents newspapers with opportunities to serve teachers, parents and young readers in their communities. Teaching guides have encouraged a focus on informational text, current and relevant to the community served by the newspaper. For teachers, parents and

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February is Black History Month: A Profile about Franklin McCain

Jan 26, 2014

Students in John Robinson’s feature writing class at UNC-CH produced profiles (North Carolinians of Note) for newspapers to publish. The profiles are available on the website: One profile focuses on Franklin McCain who was interviewed shortly before his death on January 9, 2014. McCain participated in the Woolworth/ Greensboro Sit-In, one of four

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Newspapers and Reading/Writing

Jan 22, 2014

Journalism and books Josh Stearns explains the educational value of newspapers in the home and lists children’s books on newspapers and media, in his story, “What Do Kids’ Books Teach Us About the Future of Journalism?” Here’s a favorite quote of mine from his story, “The kids see an interesting picture or headline that captures their

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