Weekly News Quiz, January 26

§ January 26th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Here is an interactive quiz board of this week’s news quiz based on current events in the Boston Herald.  Find a text only version of the questions below, as well as answers to last week’s quiz at the bottom of the post.

Give your students the link to this quiz for a fun snow day activity!


1. This sports “scandal” involving under-inflated footballs during the Patriots-Colts game has been named ____ by the media.

2. This New England Patriot rescued a woman from a car wreck after winning the AFC East against the Indianapolis Colts.

3. Last week we celebrated the legacy of what historic Civil Rights movement leader.

4. Last week President Barack Obama gave this annual speech on the state of affairs in America.

5. This country superstar played a concert in Boston over the weekend after taking a 16 year hiatus.

6. This movie about a military sniper has been leading ticket sales at movie theaters nationwide.

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. I-93.

2. 40 minutes.

3. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

4. Jared Sullinger.

5. LinkedIn.

6. 30.

7. The Indianapolis Colts.

8. Jury.

Weekly News Quiz, January 19

§ January 19th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find a fun, interactive, game show-style Quiz Board here. Questions are based on last week’s top stories in the Boston Herald. A text-only version of the questions are below, as well as the answers to last week’s quiz.


1. Protesters blocked both sides of this major highway during morning rush hour last Thursday.

2. The Boston Teachers Union approved an increase in the school day by how long?

3. These two funny ladies hosted the Golden Globes awards show last week.

4. Which Celtics forward hosted a clothing drive for the charitable Goodwill organization last week?

5. This business-themed social media tool announced plans to expand its publishing platform.

6. Obama recently said that consumers of big retail chains with stolen data should be notified within how many days?

7. On Sunday, the Patriots won against this team in the AFC Championship and will continue on to the Superbowl!

8. The trials of Aaron Hernandez and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev are both in the process of selecting the _______.

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Stuart Scott.

2. Expedition Unknown.

3. Inaugurated.

4. Immigration.

5. Dachshunds.

6. Aaron Hernandez or Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

7. 2024.

8. France.

Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

§ January 15th, 2015 § Filed under History, Teacher resources § No Comments

On Monday we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn about the legacy of Dr. King and the history behind the Civil Rights Movement with “Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” an informative downloadable guide available on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page.

Access the Curriculum Page here and use the curriculum username and password from your welcome email to log in and download the guide.

Weekly News Quiz, January 12

§ January 12th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments


Find an interactive, game show-style board of our weekly news quiz here. Or, find a text only version of the questions below. The answers to last week’s quiz can be found at the bottom of the post.


1. This esteemed ESPN sportscaster passed away last week and will be missed by many sports fans.

2. Premiering on the Travel Channel last week and hosted by a Gloucester native, this show explores lost cities and myths.

3. Last week, Charlie Baker was ________ as the new Massachusetts governor. (Verb meaning to induct into office with formal ceremonies.)

4. Charlie Baker wants to move the state towards compliance of the federal law REAL ID, which is concerned with what political hot button issue?

5. 71 puppies of what breed were rescued from a puppy mill in Westminster and are already well on their way to finding forever homes through the MSPCA?

6. Two high profile Massachusetts court cases began proceedings last week. Name the defendant in one of these cases.

7. The United States Olympic Committee picked Boston as their bid for the upcoming summer Olympic Games in what year?

8. Last week, terrorists attacked a satirical newspaper in what country?

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. Amazon.

2. Cyber attacks.

3. AirAsia.

4. North Korea.

5. New York.

6. Jeb Bush.

7. Tom Brady.

8. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.


Student Voices January: “Write What You Want!”

§ January 7th, 2015 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Write what you want!

This month, we’re trying something new for Student Voices – instead of responding to writing prompts, students can write about a newsworthy and relevant topic of their choice! To participate, respond to any article from the past two weeks in 300 words or less. We want to hear your opinions.

Responses must be no more than 300 words and sent in by the student’s teacher. We will not accept submission directly from students. Please email responses to brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by Thursday, January 29.

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

One response will be chosen to be published in the Boston Herald newspaper. All students who participate will have their work published on the NIE Blog.

Because students can write about any topic, it’s easy to integrate this activity into your curriculum for any subject! Teaching journalism? This activity can be integrated into journalism lesson plans while learning about the Op-Ed and Letters to the Editor sections of the newspaper. Refer to the Op-Ed section of the daily Boston Herald as a guide. Read the Smart Edition here. 

Find examples of past Student Voices responses here.

Weekly News Quiz, January 5

§ January 5th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a fantastic and relaxing winter break.

Find a game show style interactive quiz board version of our weekly news quiz here. Or find a text only version of the questions below. The answers to the previous news quiz (December 22) are posted at the end of this blog. Enjoy!


1. This large company is planning to expand its same-day delivery service to Massachusetts this year.

2. The FBI is looking to hire internet experts to help prevent this problem, which Sony experienced last month, from happening again.

3. There is an ongoing search for a plane that disappeared from radar from what airline?

4. The Interview, which earned 15 million dollars in online sales last week in its first four days of release, is controversial for making fun of the leader of this country.

5. Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo lost his father, Mario Cuomo, who was also a former governor of this state.

6. This former Florida governor has earned nearly a quarter of Republican support for a presidential nomination, making him a front runner for the 2016 election.

7. This Patriots player restructured his contract to give the team more money to use to better the team.

8. This film ended a popular series and won at the box office over the Christmas holiday weekend.

Answers to the previous quiz

1. The Interview.

2. Jingle Ball.

3. Rajon Rondo.

4. Football.

5. Jeb Bush.

6. Cuba.

7. Lobster.

8. Meningitis.

Eyes of a Child 2014

§ December 24th, 2014 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Thank you to all of the teachers who submitted student holiday prose and artwork for this season’s Eyes of a Child holiday publication. The insert was published in today’s Boston Herald.

See all of the students who submitted on our Pinterest board here.

Thanks again, and Happy Holidays!

Weekly News Quiz, December 22

§ December 22nd, 2014 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive  game show style quiz board of this week’s news quiz here. The quiz is based on last week’s top stories in the Boston Herald. A text only version of the quiz is found below, along with the answer’s to last week’s questions. Enjoy, and happy holidays!


1. Due to computer hacks and terror threats aimed at Sony Entertainment, what movie’s December 25 release date was canceled last week?

2. Last week, this annual holiday-themed Kiss 108 concert brought big name pop stars to the TD Garden.

3. This Boston Celtics player was traded last week to the Dallas Mavericks.

4. A recent survey found that over 50 percent of Americans don’t want their children playing this dangerous but popular sport because of possible head injuries.

5. This presidential hopeful is a relative of a recent Republican president.

6. Last week, the United States eased relations with this country, with which we had a long standing trade embargo.

7. Prices are expected to rise for this popular New England seafood due to a unseasonable small catch.

8. Several pharmacists at a Framingham company have been indicted for accidentally injecting patients with what fatal disease?

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. The Salvation Army.

2. True.

3. The Boston Tea Party.

4. New York City.

5. Online.

6. Staples and Office Depot.


Weekly News Quiz, December 15

§ December 15th, 2014 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Access the interactive quiz board for this week’s news quiz here. A text only version of the questions is found below. At the bottom of the page are the answers to last week’s quiz.


1. An anonymous woman dropped her $2,000 wedding ring in a red kettle, the iconic way to collect holiday donations from what organization?

2. True or False: Last week it was announced that Boston has a larger homeless population than other major US cities, including the larger Los Angeles and Chicago.

3. Boston restaurants are making tea-themed drinks this week to celebrate the anniversary of what famous event in which colonists protested British taxes?

4. Prince William and Kate Middleton visited what U.S. city last week?

5. Girl Scouts announced that aside from going door to door, they will be selling cookies in what new way?

6. These two major office supply retailers are expected to merge in the near future.

Answers from last week

1. Google Glass.

2. Cyber Monday.

3. The First Ammendment.

4. Ferguson and New York City.

5. 2024.

6. Hilary Clinton.

7. Ebola.

8. The Flu Vaccine/shot

Call for submissions: Eyes of a Child 2014

§ December 10th, 2014 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

The Boston Herald is calling for student art for its annual holiday section called “Eyes of a Child” which will appear in the newspaper on December 24. We gladly welcome drawings, poems, prose, and essays inspired by the holiday season. Only submissions sent via email by teachers or principals will be accepted. The deadline is Thursday, December 18.

Please see the complete “Eyes of a Child” guidelines for entry below:

  1. All entries must be sent via email by a teacher or principal. We are unable to accept submission directly from students.
  2. Entries must be emailed to brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by Thursday, December 18. Artwork should be scanned at its best resolution and in PDF format.
  3. Written entries must not exceed 300 words. Editorial reserves the right to edit if necessary.
  4. In the email, please include the name, grade, school, city, teacher name, and contact number for each student.
  5. Entries will be selected by the editorial department of the Boston Herald.

Teachers and principals–please email entries tobrianne.costa@bostonherald.com by Thursday, December 18.

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