Teaching and Leading: 2014 and Beyond

Dec 30, 2013

Have you ever asked individuals who work for newspapers, which teacher(s) inspired their love of reporting or newspapers and what the teachers did that affected them so profoundly? As newspapers prepare for NIE Week, March 3-7, 2014, they should consider producing a column or promotional feature that includes photos of staffers at the newspaper and

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Holidays: Signs, Symbols and More

Dec 17, 2013

By Sandra Cook, NC NIE A recent newspaper story about Moravian traditions reminded me of the star that my mother hung outside our house each Christmas. I bought the Moravian star during a summer I spent in Old Salem. I was also reminded of Helen Marley, a retired teacher, now deceased, who shared stories from

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Speaking out: An Act of Courage

Dec 06, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s Ideal Spoken words have power. The Nelson Mandela Foundation explains Mandela’s “I am prepared to die” speech and its context, the Rivonia Trial. He was sentenced to 27 years in jail: In the speech, Mandela spoke of his ideal, a “democratic and free society” for all. Search to find the full text

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Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Nov 17, 2013

Newspapers cover holidays and historic events. Thanksgiving is both a holiday and historic event. One NIE professional offered this advice, “Thanksgiving is on students’ minds, so use that to your advantage.” Using news makes teaching and learning relevant and integrates informational text and multiple subjects. To focus on character traits associated with Thanksgiving, use two

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Infographics in Newspapers (and Education)

Nov 10, 2013

Infographics add details and visual appeal to a news story and newspaper. Infographics include maps, graphs and charts. Maps represent the oldest infographic, dating back to 3800 B.C., according to one source. Close reading of an infographic requires reading words and images and often requires math skills. Writers who think visually will learn how to use

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Newspapers: Rigor and Relevance Invigorate Teaching and Learning

Oct 28, 2013

  “Read like a detective and write like an investigative reporter.” –David Coleman, co-author of the Common Core State Standards.    Newspapers in Education works best when teachers share their efforts with others in their schools and schoolsystems. Educational conferences offer opportunities for sharing statewide. A recent session on informational text held at the NC Association

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It’s October, so…What’s in the news?

Oct 18, 2013

Newspapers provide parents and teachers with seasonal content. Look for signs of Fall in different NC newspapers. Take a tour of NC through its newspapers’ websites found here: Focus on your local newspaper. What do you find in your local newspaper about the Fall season?  How does living in a specific region (Coastal, Piedmont

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Learn together: November 1, Family Literacy

Oct 10, 2013

November 1 (and the week and month that follow) is celebrated as National Family Literacy Day. The NationalCenter for Family Literacy ( and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (now collaborated to produce the NIE feature on ways parents can use newspapers to enhance learning. An edited half-page version of the feature appears first

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What makes news?

Oct 05, 2013

Who would you expect to ask this question, “Don’t ANY of you know what’s going ON!? A reporter or editor, a city official, someone who registers voters, a teacher, a parent, a sports fan or a teacher… On October 1, Tiffany Farrell in the comic strip, “Luann,” asked that question of a group of children

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The Inverted Pyramid and Beyond

Sep 23, 2013

What is the inverted pyramid? It’s a metaphor, for what? “Inverted pyramid” refers to the text structure or the way news stories are organized. The term generally applies to breaking or hard news stories. If written in an inverted pyramid style, a story offers the heaviest or more important details in the story’s opening paragraphs,

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