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Attention NIE Teachers,
We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for your students — the chance to have their work published in the print Boston Herald newspaper every month with our new “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions right away.
Here’s how it works:
- During the first week of the month: Check the NIE blog for writing prompts based on Boston Herald articles. Give your students a chance to read, think, and respond to the questions with their own valuable opinions in up to 300 words.
- Email us your students’ responses and a photo, along with a signed media release form from a parent or guardian, by the deadline posted with the prompt (Submissions must be sent in by a teacher who is subscribed to the free Boston Herald Smart Edition. Submissions sent by students will not be considered. ) Some of the best answers will be displayed on the NIE blog.
- One student response will be published in the print edition of the Boston Herald every month!
Get started today:
Here’s your first writing prompt! Read the Boston Herald article “Sochi to be ‘mobile games’” on page 20 of the Monday, January 27 issue. (Smart Edition tip: use the calendar tool to access this past article.)
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?
Deadline: Thursday, February 6
Don’t have the Smart Edition in your classroom yet? Order here to participate.
If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at email@example.com or call 617-619-6220.
“The Awesome Duo: Jimmy and Jesse and the Sixth Grade Talent Show” by J.R. Dick Fitch is available to NIE teachers as a 15 part PDF download. The packet includes a vocabulary guide and discussion questions with every chapter, and your students will love the suspense of a serial story.
Follow Mrs. Morgan’s sixth grade class as they discuss their individual talents and prepare for a school-wide talent show. As the date of the show draws nearer, the students must work hard to ensure it is a great success.
Download the full PDF here.
November is Family Literacy Month. Celebrate with a week of activities your family can enjoy with the newspaper!
Does your child have access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition? It is an exact copy of the print newspaper available online to local schools. Have their teacher order it here!
Check the Boston Herald’s business section, BizSmart, and find an article relating to technology.
Go to the sports section and read an article together about your family’s favorite local team.
Pick 5 words from the headlines and ask your child to think of a word that rhymes with each one.
Create a game in which each family member gets a point for finding certain letters or words in the paper.
Go through the movie reviews and develop your family’s own rating system for movies viewed at home or in the theater.
Search classifieds ads for a job your child might want to have someday.
Help your child write a practice letter to the editor about a topic of interest.
For Family Literacy events and activities in your area, check MassLiteracy.org throughout the month!
Image: Marina A. Hendricks
Are you a high school journalism teacher looking to incorporate social media into your students’ publications? Try this award winning program of activities and teacher guides, Social Media Toolbox, created by Marina Hendricks.
Students will learn about acceptable usage and policies, the ins and outs of Facebook and Twitter, and the ethical concerns of using social media in publications.
Each lesson plan is available as a PDF download with links to additional resources.
Boston Herald NIE Associate
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 December 17.
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 submissions directly from students.
2. Entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 17. Artwork should be scanned at its best resolution in PDF form.
3. Written entries must not exceed 300 words. Editorial reserves the right to edit if necessary.
4. In the email 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 to
email@example.com by December 17.
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. We are unable to accept submissions directly from students.
Eyes of a Child Guidelines for Entry:
- All entries must be sent via email by a teacher or principal. We are unable to accept submissions directly from students.
- Entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15. Scanned artwork should be at its best resolution.
- Written entries must not exceed 300 words. Editorial reserves the right to edit if necessary.
- In your email include the name, grade, school, city, teacher name and contact number for each student.
- Entries will be selected by the editorial department of the Boston Herald.
Teachers and principals–please email entries to
email@example.com by December 15.
The death of Osama bin Laden late yesterday marks an important day in our history. Even if your students are too young to remember where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001, they’ll surely have questions about bin Laden’s death and how it will affect our future. Today’s Boston Herald can help you facilitate those discussions with your students.
Today’s Herald contains articles on many different aspects of bin Laden’s death, including:
Over the next few days you’ll find even more articles that you may want to share with your classes.
Please review all articles prior to sharing with students as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.
Between prom and graduation, it’s the season to celebrate. The end of the school year is also an important time to talk to students about celebrating responsibly. Here is an NIE activity that can open a discussion about the dangers of underage drinking.
Researchers have found that the more television high school students watch, the more likely they are to start drinking. The characters on TV who drink alcohol are often portrayed as influential and glamorous to teens. Take the MTV show Skins for example. The first time I saw a commercial for the program I thought it was a public service announcement against underage drinking. But it’s the opposite—Skins is centered on teenagers partying and consuming alcohol.
Have your students review the television listings in the Boston Herald. Based on research and prior knowledge of the shows, students should make a list of programs that can encourage drinking. Then discuss with your class why those programs might promote drinking, and how underage drinking is harmful.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
This activity is adapted from the NIE and the Common Core State Standards packet. Download the complete packet available on the NIE homepage.
Designed for students in grades 9-12, this activity can complement English Language Arts, current events, media criticism, and health classes.
Courtesy of craftbits.com
In celebration of Earth Day, here are some fun ways to reuse old newspapers before they make it into the recycling bin.
Create Newspaper Slippers
Learn how to make one-time-use slippers that double as a great art project.
Write Newspaper Poetry
Have your students look through the newspaper for words and phrases that catch their eye. Students should cut them out and arrange them to form a poem. Then students can paste their newspaper poem on a new sheet of paper.
Courtesy of Newspaperbagproject.com
Craft Newspaper Lunch or Gift Bags
Tired of bringing lunch to school in a brown paper bag? Make your own lunch bag—or gift bag—out of old newspapers.
Build Newspaper Towers
How tall a tower can your students build using only two sheets of newspaper?
Need even more recycling inspiration?
Check out this house in Rockport that’s made entirely out of newspapers!
A Smart Way to Go Green
Another great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to read the online Boston Herald Smart Edition. It’s an exact replica of the Boston Herald print edition, but it never needs to be recycled. Teachers can order a free subscription here.
Photo courtesy of Bostonherald.com
Ask someone about their first job, and there’s a good chance they worked at McDonald’s. Everyone from my high school friends to my mother started out by serving up fries. Today McDonald’s will pass down the golden arches to more young people as they hire 2,200 employees in Massachusetts during their National Hiring Day.
But teens have stiff competition. According to today’s Boston Herald, the rough economy means that more experienced workers are expected to apply for the same jobs as students.
Perhaps some of your students will take a day out of their April vacation to apply for a job at McDonald’s. When school resumes, it would be a great time to talk about employment. Read the Boston Herald article Workers of all ages vie for McJobs. Then discuss student jobs with your class.
- Who has a job?
- What do you do for work?
- Do you work with mainly older people, younger people, or do you work with a varied age range?
- How many of you work at McDonald’s or another fast food restaurant?
- Did anyone apply for a job at McDonald’s during National Hiring Day? Did you get hired?
- Is anyone having trouble getting hired?
- Has anyone been laid off?
- How has your experience looking for a first job been different than that of your parents or older siblings? Why?
- What are some things you can do to enhance your chances of getting hired when you apply for a job?
This activity is designed for students in grades 9-12. It can complement English Language Arts, media criticism, marketing, and current events classes.
Please review the article prior to sharing it with your students, as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.
Contact Julie Burridge if you need help finding the article for discussion.
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