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Student Voices is a unique writing opportunity for students. Each month, students write about a newsworthy and relevant topic of their choice and have a chance to get published in the Boston Herald print newspaper and website. To participate, respond to any Boston Herald article from the past two weeks in 300 words or less.
Tips for students:
- Make sure your article is an opinion piece, not a factual article. We want to hear your opinions!
- Because articles are usually published at the end of the following month, students should choose a topic that will still be newsworthy a month later. For example, if you wrote about the Super Bowl in January, the articles didn't run until the end of February, so it wouldn't be chosen as it is old news.
Responses must be no more than 300 words and sent in by the student’s teacher. We will not accept submissions directly from students. Please email responses to email@example.com by Friday, May 29th.
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.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-619-6220.
During February we celebrate Black History Month. The resources below will help you bring exciting learning opportunities about African American activists, artists, and innovators into the classroom.
- EDSITEment’s Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources curates the best of curriculum guides, interactive websites, videos and more, all available for free to teachers. The resources span the K-12 level and follow Black History fromAfricaand Colonial America to Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and the present day.
Access the bank of free resources here.
- Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a curriculum guide available as a PDF download to NIE teachers through our curriculum page. You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to access the guide.
Find the curriculum page here.
- American Masters – August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand premieres Friday, February 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. The documentary film will commemorate the award winning playwright’s birth, death, and Black History Month as it looks at his work’s approach to the African American experience.
Find more information and access your local PBS station here.
This week, November 16 through 22, we celebrate Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to educate young people about geo-spatial awareness and their impact as global citizens and excite them about geography in general.
The theme of 2014 Geography Awareness Week is “The Future of Food,” educating us on how geography plays a role in the food we eat.
Here is a list of resources to bring Geography Awareness Week into your classroom.
1. National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week page lists a bank of curriculum resources focusing on this year’s “The Future of Food” theme, including “Planet Food,” “Staple Food Crops of the World,” and “The Geography of Food in Film.”
2. Pigskin Geography is a special curriculum guide for Boston Herald in Education teachers. It follows the NFL Football schedule and educates students about the geography of the team locations each week. It’s a fun activity for football lovers of all ages.
3. The Five Themes of Geography is a curriculum guide available on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page that teaches the five themes of geography, location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions, with the help of the Boston Herald newspaper.
Find Pigskin Geography and The Give Themes of Geography on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page here.
Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to access the curriculum page. Subscribe by filling out an Order Form here.
Find an interactive, Jeopardy-style quiz board of last week's Boston Herald top stories here. Or, use the text only version of the questions and answers below. Enjoy!
1. Voters will be able to register to vote using their iPhones and tablets by the next presidential election, taking place in what year?
2. The new Mass Health website, which re-launched over the weekend and will allow residents to sign up for health insurance online, is called what?
3. Governor-elect Charlie Baker is being compared to which former Massachusetts GOP governor?
4. Last Tuesday we celebrated the dedicated service of the American military with what holiday?
5. Last week, this European space probe succeeded in landing on a comet, a major breakthrough for future space research.
6. Which Massachusetts town is the first in the nation to propose a ban on tobacco sales?
7. As part of a promotional event last week, F-15 fighter jets soared at a low altitude over Boston and to Cape Cod, leaving from Barnes Air National Guard base in what Massachusetts town?
8. Which Massachusetts college raised $12,000 in a little over one day to save their independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Free Press?
2. The Connector.
3. William F. Weld.
4. Veteran's Day.
8. Boston University.
Find a fun, Jeopardy-style interactive quiz board of our News Quiz here. The questions are based on current events and articles from last week's Boston Herald top stories. Find a text only version of the Questions and Answers below.
1. Which candidate won the Massachusetts gubernatorial election?
2. Our new Governor-elect is from which Massachusetts town?
3. For the first time in 8 years, both the US House of Representatives and US Senate hold a majority in which political party?
4. Which candidate won New Hampshire's gubernatorial election?
5. Massachusetts voters rejected a bill that would repeal a decision to add what to our state?
6. Massachusetts voters passed a bill that would allow all employees to earn what?
7. This Patriots player will make an appearance in two movies filmed in the Boston area, Ted 2 and Entourage.
8. This space movie about an astronaut trying to find life in other galaxies opened last week.
1. Charlie Baker (R)
4. Jeanne Shaheen (D)
6. Sick time.
7. Tom Brady.
Student Voices gives students a unique opportunity in publishing and journalism. See this month’s prompt, as well as the Student Voices rules, below.
Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to participate in Student Voices. Don't have the Boston Herald in your classroom yet? Order here.
Read the article "Patrick: Mass in ‘better place’ than 8 years ago" on page 24 of the November 5 Boston Herald, then answer the following prompt.
After the results of the 2014 midterm elections, Governor Deval Patrick stated that he believes Massachusetts is a better place now than it was 8 years ago, but that there is still more work to be done. Do you agree with Patrick’s statement? Why or why not? Do you have faith in Governor-Elect Charlie Baker? What changes do you think we need to make forMassachusettsto become a better place to live?
Email responses to Brianne Costa at email@example.com by Wednesday, November 26. Note: Responses must be emailed by a teacher. Responses emailed directly from students will not be accepted.
You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.
Students' responses will be published right here on the NIE Blog, and one student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper!
Any questions? Contact Brianne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-619-6220.
Find an interactive, game-show style board for our Weekly News Quiz here. Or find a text-only version of the questions and answers below.
1. Last week, Amazon unveiled their newest line of what popular eReader?
2. This internet television startup is trying to fight back after the Supreme Court ruled that they violate copyright laws.
3. Dunkin Donuts, whose leader revealed that they will not meet their sales forecast this year, is based in what Massachusetts town?
4. The current season of which popular cooking show takes place in Boston?
5. Which country won a bid to supply new subway cars for the MBTA?
6. Taxi owners and drivers have formed a new group to fight ridesharing companies such as these. Name one of two.
7. Mayor Martin Walsh’s name is currently being added to city signs all over Boston, replacing the name of which former mayor?
8. ast week, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor urged Campaign Sm@art students to get involved in politics.
9. Which national sport organization is calling for shorter games (most last at least 2.5 hours) to appease the shorter attention spans of younger viewers?
10. Which NHL Bruins captain suffered a knee injury last week, keeping him on the sidelines for at least 4-6 weeks?
4. Top Chef.
6. Uber, Lyft.
7. Thomas Menino.
8. Karyn Polito.
10. Zdeno Chara.
The Weekly News Quiz for the week of October 20 can be found in an interactive game show format here. If you are having trouble accessing the quiz board, a text only version of the questions and answers can be found below. Enjoy the game!
1. Last week, Boston hosted the tenth annual conference in what area of technology, solidifying it as a leader in the field?
2. Apple unveiled these two new devices at a meeting last week.
3. Last week, this leader publicly declared new views on controversial topics in the Catholic religion.
4. As the economy grows this month, more people in Massachusetts have been seeking what?
5. Massachusetts health officials are stepping up vigilance after scares of an outbreak of this contagious disease.
6. This organization sued the state of Massachusetts last week for the names of certain organizations that have imported and exported monkeys.
7. As part of Boston Herald's Campaign Sm@rt, a veteran strategist spoke to Boston students about the struggles for what types of political candidates?
8. Last week, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants made his first State of the Judiciary Speech, calling for reform to the sentencing for what kind of offenders?
9. The new internet only option for this premium cable channel is expected to change the market for basic cable plans.
10. True or False: Television ratings for the National Football League (NFL) have decreased since numerous scandals involving players over the past few months.
2. iPad Air 2 and a new iMac desktop computer.
3. Pope Francis.
6. PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
7. Females and minorities.
8. Drug offenders.
10. False. (They have increased.)
Infographic: Custom Ink, with statistics from the National Bullying Prevention Center. The statistics are startling, but they also provide hope.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. According to a national study, 18 percent of Boston teens are bullied at least once a week, and 32 percent of students see at least three incidents of peer bullying per month. But eight out of ten local teens also report that they are willing to stand up against bullying and do something about it.
How can you teach your students to stand up against bullying?
- Boston Herald in Education teachers can download these free curriculum guides to help teach about the consequences of bullying. Character Matters uses newspaper activities to teach students the importance of values such as respect, tolerance, and citizenship. Living Life Online is a great introduction to internet safety and how to prevent and deal with cyber bullying. Access these curriculum guides here.
*You must be a Boston Herald in Education teacher to access the curriculum guides. Order here.
- Wednesday, October 22 is National Unity Day, which is dedicated to putting an end to bullying. Students are asked to wear orange to send a message of support and solidarity to victims of bullying.
- Students can also participate in Custom Ink’s 4th Annual Be Good to Each Other Campaign by designing and wearing their own anti-bullying t-shirt or buying a shirt designed by a celebrity. 100 percent of the profits go to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Find more information about the Be Good to Each Other Campaign here.
Together we can stand up against bullying in schools.
Test your students' knowledge of current events with our Weekly News Quiz, based on last week's top Boston Herald articles.
Access the interactive Jeopardy-style board for our Weekly News Quiz here. A text only version of the questions and answers are below. Enjoy!
1. This program allowed local Boston students who are members of the Boston Debate League to meet Mayor Walsh at the Boston Herald headquarters last week.
2. High profile democrats, such as a member of the band Dropkick Murphys, have been financially backing which gubernatorial candidate?
3. A recent “stop and frisk” study has accused the Boston Police Department of what?
4. A statue of this famous writer, who was born in Boston, was unveiled in Boston Commons last week.
5. Famous Olympians are supporting Boston’s bid to host the Olympics for which year?
6. Recent lower gas and heating costs are due to the fall in the price of what?
7. Which app beat out Facebook as the most popular social sharing app for youth?
8. This mobile app is helping the federal government track child predators.
9. Which sport started their season last week with a win for the Boston team?
10. After a bad start to the season, the New England Patriots won against this previously undefeated team last week.
1. Campaign Sm@rt.
2. Charlie Baker (R).
3. Racial Profiling.
4. Edgar Allen Poe.
6. Crude Oil.
8. Operation Predator.
10. The Cincinnati Bengals.
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