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Newspaper In Education
Teacher's Curriculum Guides


NIE Teaching guides are designed to provide a variety of choices for teachers. Ready-to-use activities work as stand-alone starting points, or they may be incorporated into existing program as a valuable supplement material, to enhance current lesson plans and enrich the curriculum. The activities in the guides are designed to be used at different Pathway Levels, depending on the interest, background and abilities of the students. They can be quite easily connected to the Essential Graduation Learnings and support efforts to enable students to achieve the Key Stage Outcomes.


Teachers are encouraged to examine all curriculum guides and select the appropriate activities for their students and make modifications whenever necessary. The activities are student-centered and provide students with opportunities to engage in reading and writing activities and to work cooperatively in small groups. The goal of all teachers is to enable their students to connect, feel capable and contribute. NIE is a model approach to assist teachers in achieving this goal.


The NIE Curriculum Guides help teachers to clearly understand that the NIE program is an enjoyable but serious approach to assist them with the teaching and learning process in the classroom. After viewing and selecting the appropriate hands-on practical activities, it becomes clearer that the newspaper literally becomes a textbook in the hands of students and teachers, for all grade levels, all subject areas and all levels of ability.


Curriculum Guide Descriptions

Newspaper In Education Curriculum Guides are an important component to enhance and sustain a meaningful and successful program, as an integral part of teaching and learning in the classroom.

The following give a basic description of the NIE Curriculum Guides (resources, activity kits) that we have sent to all our NIE schools, to date.

Some of these guides are subject specific, and the activities can easily be adapted to most grade levels. However, most of these resources will assist with meeting objectives and outcomes across the curriculum in several subject areas at all grade levels and all levels of ability. Teachers will need to select those ready-to-use activities which best meet their students’ needs.

NIE Calendars: (The Canadian Newspaper In Education Association – CNIEA) These are a presentation of NIE activities built into a daily calendar, with an activity for each school day of the year. The activities can be used each school day, or the calendar can be reviewed and the activities collated according to their respective curriculum areas.

Getting to Know The Telegram (Don Hale & Associates, is a resource that is used extensively to meet the “Media In Language Arts” objectives and outcomes across all grade levels. Some grade levels use part of it, while other grade levels have used it as a full unit in their Language Arts program. The reports from teachers using this resource have been quite positive. This guide is also quite useful in getting to know the different parts of The Telegram.

in the news Information (Don Hale & Associates, is a series of scavenger hunts that are interesting and a non-threatening way for students to discover the variety of information found in a daily newspaper. They can be used to introduce students to the daily newspaper, to introduce a topic or unit of study or to prepare for a substitute teacher. This resource has the following scavenger hunts: The Newspaper; Stock Market; Weather; Leadership; Politics; Science; Sociology; Advertising; Art; Geography; Careers; Transportation; Environment; Multiculturalism; Math; Words and Pictures; Life Skills.

Teacher Reproducible (KRP, Knight Ridder Productions, are a series of activities that can be adapted to fit individual and classroom needs. The activities are grouped by subject: language arts, math, science and technology, and social studies. This approach offers a unique opportunity to motivate students, broaden knowledge, and reinforce basic skills.

Keep it Real – Teacher’s Guide (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, This resource portrays the newspaper as the ultimate informational text. This teacher’s guide provides educators with specific activities to help students develop and extend their ability to comprehend informational structures and organizations. The newspaper is presented as meeting the characteristics of nonfiction, as the product of the author’s inquiry, research and writing. Its purpose is to provide information, explain, argue and/or demonstrate. This will be an excellent addition to your NIE resources. It has NIE activities that can be utilized at all grade levels. Encourage your teachers to take advantage of it.

Newspapers Maintain the Brain: (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, A teacher’s Guide for using The Newspaper to Enhance Basic Skills. The newspaper and the activities in this guide can be used to enhance skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, math, social studies and science. Each activity is labeled to indicate approximate grade level, although the activities can be modified to be utilized at several grade levels.

Just Think! - Higher Level Thinking Skills and the Newspaper (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, is a newspaper oriented curriculum activity kit. The activities in this kit are arranged along the continuum of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. They are designed to enhance higher-level thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills, while providing the opportunity to practice the basic skills of scanning, finding, sorting and processing information.

From Writers to Readers (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, is essentially a writer’s workshop approach, showing teachers how to incorporate the activities in the guide, using the newspaper, for different components in the world of writing.

Reading First: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Text Comprehension, Fluency, and Vocabulary. (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Students who use the newspapers as a principal source material have better achievement scores in social studies, language arts and mathematics than matched counterparts, who rely only on textbooks. This guide will assist teachers with various applications of the newspaper to achieve this success.

English Second Language (ESL) (by Dyne Macha; obtained through the NIE Institute, Doug Alexander,, is an activity kit that is intended for use by different grade levels and different levels of ability. It is a fabulous resource with activities that are adaptable for ESL students as well as students at all the different Pathways.

Create an Editorial Cartoon (NIE Institute, Doug Alexander,, is a fabulous resource about understanding and creating editorial cartoons. Teachers, at all grade levels and who have taught students at different levels of ability, have offered comments explaining the many ways they use the cartoons that are published in The Telegram. I feel certain you will enjoy and make great use of this supplement.

Environmental Science-Waste Management (The Telegram, in collaboration with The Multi Materials Stewardship Board – MMSB & Dave Locke, is a resource to assist with utilizing the Newspaper In Education program in the area of science. This resource was designed in collaboration with the Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB). It is developed around the theme of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It can be used to achieve Environmental Science curriculum objectives at the different grade levels.

Using the Newspaper in Secondary Science (Dr. Guenther, Dr. William LaShier, University of Kansas) NIE Institute, Doug Alexander,, This activity kit has all kinds of ideas to create interest in teaching and learning Science at all grade levels. You are encouraged to select and use those ideas which best meet your curriculum objectives and outcomes.

Science and the Newspaper (The Telegram, Dave Locke, from ideas shared on the NIE List Serve, This is a collection of Newspaper In Education activities for science, using the newspaper.

Chemistry: Essentials to Life (KRP, Knight Ridder Productions, can be used to assist teachers with meeting chemistry objectives in their respective science programs at various grade levels. The activities are designed to easily fit into the regular teaching and learning schedule and lesson plans. It can be used as a whole unit or in part, according to the requirements of each program. We hope you find it helpful.

The EGBAR Clean-Up Challenge (EGBAR Foundation, is a curriculum guide to teach Environmental Education.

Mathematics and the Newspaper (The Telegram, Dave Locke, from ideas shared on the NIE List Serve, This is a collection of Newspaper In Education (NIE) activities for Mathematics, using the newspaper.

Fitness Head to Toe: (KRP, Knight Ridder Productions, is a very timely resource. This resource is all about making good choices, and here’s what you get when you choose being “fit”:

    • ♦ keeps weight under control;
    • boosts your energy level;
    • improves your self-image;
    • increases muscle strength;
    • releases tension;
    • allows you to sleep better;
    • fuels fun with friends and family.

Winter Gold 2006 (Don Hale & Associates, is a newspaper-based study of international winter sports. Activities can be used as an integrated unit or applied to specific curriculum areas. This resource provides students with opportunities to improve their language, mathematics, social studies and media literacy skills. Ready-to-use newspaper-based activities can be photocopied for classroom use. Some activities can be completed in one classroom period while others require more time.

Majority Rules – What’s your Anti-Drug? (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, provides an opportunity to acknowledge the good choices our young people are making to grow up healthy, happy and drug free. It is an NIE resource that targets our young readers, their friends, and classmates with information to capture their interests and imagination. It is designed to encourage them to think about what stands between them and drugs – their Anti-Drug.

Count on Character (KRP, Knight Ridder Productions, is an NIE teacher’s guide to assist students in learning about the many aspects of character development. The newspaper and accompanying activities can be used to deliver lessons on Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness and Tolerance.

All Together Now-Living and Learning in A Multicultural Society (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, has activities that are designed to reflect American national content standards and look at the role the newspaper can play in developing students’ literacy skills in a multicultural society. While it is American in design, the activities are applicable to our classrooms.

Conflict Resolution: (KRP, Knight Ridder Productions, This resource provides the opportunity to use the newspaper to look at conflict, the forms it takes, and the way people handle, negotiate, discuss and resolve it. The activities are designed around curriculum standards, to assist meeting established objectives and outcomes.

National Geographic’s Tell a Migration … About Your Community is another resource that will enable you to integrate the NIE program. This resource is designed to help students look at people in their own community, and explore the wealth of diversity in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Focus on Finance: Preparing for your Future (Federal Trade Commission, Newspaper In Education Supplement to the Washington Times) (NIE Institute, Doug Alexander,, This is an excellent NIE document prepared as a Newspaper In Education Supplement to the Washington Times. While it has an American origin, it has all kinds of applications to create interest in teaching and learning about finances, purchasing, budgeting, etc. on a personal, local, provincial or national level. You are encouraged to select and use those ideas and activities, which best meet your curriculum needs.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Better Than the Best, The 37th Canadian Brigade Group, 209 Years of Military Service: (The RNR Executive in collaboration with The Telegram staff developed an NIE curriculum resource on the RNR and how it fits into today’s teaching and learning in the classroom.; Dave Locke)

O Canada – The True North Strong and Free: Canadian/American Studies (NIE Institute, Doug Alexander, This is a Newspaper In Education (NIE) guide on the history of Canada and Canadian - American relations, from an American perspective.

Verizon, Voyage of Discovery (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, is all about Newspaper Fun for Children and Parents. This is a resource that can also be used in the classroom.

School NIE plans and testimonials, Featured Teachers and Student Achievers, (2002-2006) (The Telegram provides samples of how schools, at all grade levels, are actually using the NIE program as a valid and reliable resource to meet curriculum objectives and outcomes. These sample lesson plans, testimonials and school profiles contain numerous ideas and may assist you with creating increased effectiveness of the NIE program at your respective schools.

100 Ways to Use The Telegram (The Telegram, (Dave Locke), from ideas shared on the NIE List Serve,; also NIEInstitute, Doug Alexander,, is a collection of newspaper activities for several subject areas: science, newspaper knowledge, mathematics, critical thinking, social studies, life skills, character education, activities particular to Elementary, Junior High and High. Review it and select those activities that best suite your grade level.

September, 2005, LOCAL ISSUES, Newfoundland and Labrador Municipal Elections; A Newspaper Based Study, (Don Hale & Associates, Because local government touches so many of us in so many ways, it is important that students understand how it works. Students should understand the purpose of municipal government and the roles of the people elected to serve them. This NIE curriculum guide does exactly that. It can be used in varying degrees at all grade levels. Some classes may want to study the entire guide as a unit, integrating a variety of subjects. Students may work individually or in groups. Some activities can be completed in one class-period, while others require more time.

September 2006, "By the Numbers: Mathematical Connections in Newspapers for Middle-Grade Students". (The Newspaper Association of America Foundation, This guide offers new ways of engaging students in learning by using meaningful activities and relevant material.  Consider how numbers are integrally involved in our daily life. We cook, travel, shop and move from place to place. Numbers can be incorporated into every activity. Because the newspaper chronicles daily life, it is the perfect resource for teaching mathematical concepts through relevant text. While it is listed for Middle-Grade students, there are several activities that can be tweaked for some Primary, Elementary and High School Basic Math students.

October 2006, Halloween is a collection of activities, puzzles and vocabulary to enjoy during Halloween. (From and from ideas shared on the NIE List Serve,

November, 2006, Using the Newspaper to Teach Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: (NIE Institute, Doug Alexander, This guide provides sample lessons using the newspaper for each of ten themes: Culture and Cultural Diversity; Time, Continuity and Change; Peoples, Places and Environments; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups and Institutions; Power, Authority and Governance; Production, Distribution and Consumption; Science, Technology and Society; Global Connections; Civic Ideals and Practices.

November, 2006, Workshop NIE Teacher’s Style: (Hot Topics Hot Serials, This Teacher’s Guide has been created to assist the teacher in using the newspaper in the classroom by addressing the major content areas of the Curriculum in Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science at the Primary-Elementary, Junior High and High School levels.

February 2007, Now I Get It! Improving Comprehension With Newspapers; (Newspaper Association of America Foundation, This guide provides a variety of lessons and activities to help students develop their comprehension skills. It also includes information about current comprehension skills research and national standards for reading comprehension. The material is appropriate for students in Junior High and High School and there are special activities included for Elementary students. Many of the activities can be used as is, or they can be easily adapted to meet objectives and outcomes at all grade levels.

February 2007, Voyage into the Future; Finding The Career That’s Right For You: (Hot Topics Hot Serials, This resource is ideal for the Career Development course in High School and the Career Unit in Junior High. It is also a fabulous resource for Primary and Elementary classes to learn about various types of work and occupations when they are doing a unit on a community, city, province or country. Careers, Voyage to the Future teaches students:

    • How to improve communication skills so they succeed in school and in an interview
    • How to identify careers of interest to them that match their talents and skills
    • Where to find career advice
    • The facts about school-to-work programs
    • How to write a resume
    • How to fill out applications
    • How to interview well and what not to do
    • How to find rewarding volunteer positions and internships
    • Options for higher education including but not limited to college
    • How to keep a job once you secure it

September, 2007: Newfoundland and Labrador Votes: (Don Hale & Associates, This is an NIE Provincial Elections Curriculum Activity Guide designed specifically for Newfoundland and Labrador. This guide provides an introduction, glossary of election terms, an election quiz and a scavenger hunt. The numerous hands-on activities are designed to lead students through the election process, help then understand the issues and the people and provide a process for an analysis of the results.

September, 2007: Challenge, Inspire, Act! A newspaper based study of bullying: (Don Hale & Associates, ): This guide has a special message to the teacher; curriculum expectations; background information about the newspaper; glossary of newspaper terms; background information about bullying; a glossary of bullying terms; recommended reading and resources for teachers; websites about bullying; numerous hands-on student activities; important questions and answers about bullying.

September, 2008, Canada Votes : This is an NIE Federal Elections Curriculum Activity Guide designed specifically for Canadian Federal Elections. This cross-curricular guide provides an introduction, glossary of election terms, an election quiz and a scavenger hunt. The numerous hands-on activities are designed to lead students through the election process, help then understand the issues and the people and provide a process for an analysis of the results.

September, 2008, Hot Apple Pie:  We have purchased this special monthly NIE newsletter with across the curriculum turnkey lesson plans. To access this special monthly publication, your teachers will need to go to our web site and scroll down to “Our NIE Program” link and follow the link to the Hot Apple Pie page. Select those activities which best meets your needs to achieving your respective curriculum objectives and outcomes

September 2008, The Ultimate Newspaper Activity Guide II; Focus on Standards: The activities in this guide were written with two goals in mind: To provide teachers with activities aimed with helping to work standards into the existing curriculum and to use the newspaper as the primary tool to assist in that effort. The activities can be used as is, or they can easily be adapted as needed. The sections include: Introducing your students to the newspaper, Language Arts, History, Geography, Civics and Government, Science and Technology, Mathematics, Economics, Arts and Humanities. A number of the activities in each area will provide meaning and purpose for the study of the respective subjects.

NIE Calendar for 2008-2009: This provides an NIE curriculum activity for each day of the month. Teachers may use these on a daily basis or chose to collate them according to subject areas.

Note: Newspaper end rolls; 25 inches; 37.5 inches; 50 inches are available to all schools and they are free. Any teacher wishing to obtain these has to come in to the office, go to the cashier’s desk and you will be sent to the press room loading door to take your end rolls. You can have as many as you want. These are great for art classes, posters, major projects needing lots of poster space, etc. etc.

    • You must arrange to pick them up. We will not deliver them.
    • Be sure to have some help with you, since some of these end rolls can be quite heavy.
    • Be sure to bring a cloth to clean and remove the press ink from each end, before handling them and placing them in your vehicle.

Note: Any school that is participating in our NIE program can contact our NIE coordinator, if you need a copy of one or more of these curriculum resources.

Carol Wadden
Newspaper In Education (NIE) Coordinator
The Telegram
TC Media
430 Topsail Road, P.O. Box 86
Village Shopping Centre

St. John's, NL, A1E 4N1

Tel: (709) 748-0850
Fax: (709) 364-6329