2008-2009 Student Achievers
The Newspapers in Education program is beneficial to all who use it. It is very unique in that it allows students to keep up with current events. It shows students how to use the newspaper to assist with assignments, projects and other fun activities.
In our school, teachers have compacted some of the activity sheets to make class projects. I have used the Scavenger Hunt activity for two projects but I have changed some of the activities to meet the curriculum outcomes of the courses that I teach. I have found it very beneficial to use in the grade 9 religion classes because of the controversial topics that are contained in the curriculum. These topics are often found throughout the newspaper to use in class projects. Students are required to find information regarding the many different sections of the newspapers. For example, they have to find an article that revolves around a crime that has been committed. Then using this article they need to determine how this incident has affected the criminal’s family, friends and community. Also they need to make an opinion on how this crime affects society in general.
Other topics they would work on include:
• A child’s accomplishment
• International conflict – identifying the problem, the issues of both sides involved in the conflict and what values are needed for each side to follow in order to resolve this conflict.
• Find terms to cut and paste that deal with the topics that are being covered in the curriculum – values, friends, family, etc.
• Find a picture which is of interest to them and explain why they chose it.
• Find an article of interest and answer the five W’s
• Political debates on controversial issues – abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, etc.
In the Language Arts classes that I teach the Newspapers in Education Program is used to allow students to become familiar with a newspaper and how it is made up. This year we have used many group activities however; my favorite would have to be the Raiders of the Lost Ark activity and the Survivor NIE Style activity.
During the Raiders of the Lost Activity students use the classifieds to reach the “lost ark”. It is very interesting to see how creative each one can be to reach a certain goal. Before they begin the activity approximately a third of the class understands what the classifieds consists of however, by the end of the class they not only know what the classified ads are but also where they are found.
In the Survivor activity students tend to be very imaginative. They have to search through the newspaper and find items that they would take with them to help them “survive” for the next six months. It is very interesting to see what the students consider as their essentials when it comes to being left on their own with no commodities over a period of time.
These activities were a big “hit” when used in the classroom. The students enjoyed listening to other student’s responses and liked the competitiveness of the exercise when a reward was involved.
At Cowan Heights Elementary we are privileged to be able to take part in the Newspapers in Education program. The Telegram arrives in the early hours of the morning before classes begin. The students who deliver the paper enjoy the responsibility of getting The Telegram to each classroom on their route. From Kindergarten to Grade 6 students anxiously await the arrival of the daily paper to their classrooms.
Many of our classes use The Telegram every day to keep up on current events in our community, in Newfoundland and Labrador, throughout Canada and the world. Of particular interest these days is keeping up on the Stanley Cup finals – especially Danny Cleary and the Detroit Red Wings. Students throughout the school have taken to looking for the paper even before getting to class in order to be the first to read the articles in the sports section!
Teachers school-wide use the paper every day to augment their curriculum materials with current information, from the front page headlines to the daily weather report to the editorial cartoons, each component of the paper is scrutinized for educational uses. In Kindergarten students scan The Telegram’s headlines for their sight words. The Grade One students check the daily forecast during their morning routine. You will find the Grade Two students using the headlines as guides for creating titles for their own articles. In Grade Three they search the paper each day for articles about the many communities they study throughout the year. The Grade Four students examine the weather map to develop their knowledge of weather patterns and acquire an understanding that weather and climate are different entities. An interesting article or two will jumpstart discussion in the Grade Five classrooms where students give their thoughts on current events. As a critical connection to a novel study of The Breadwinner, the Grade Six students collect The Telegram articles about Afghanistan to augment their growing understanding of the issues and events in that part of the world.
With the inclusion of Cowan Heights in a pilot project of online access to the Telegram a whole new world has been opened for our students and they have embraced the technology wholeheartedly. Many times The Telegram is brought up on the SmartBoards so more students can view the paper together. The French Immersion teachers in particular have found the ability to translate articles into French a wonderful asset to their program.
As you can see our teachers continually use the paper as a vehicle to help students accomplish many of the outcomes in a meaningful way. Yet there are more important usages of The Telegram everyday - our students are constantly choosing to use the paper which really has a positive impact on their success in school and in life. They are choosing to read The Telegram outside of class time! One such indication is the thirst for knowledge about Danny Cleary, every article about this remarkable Newfoundlander has found its way into the hearts of just about every student at Cowan Heights. The articles have been shared to be read and re-read so many times they have become tattered. Another indication is the growing number of students who pick up the paper during recess and lunch times. The types of articles they read are as varied as the students themselves are: from comics and horoscopes, to news from the courts and current events, reading is happening at Cowan Heights Elementary.
Many current research studies tell us that success in school is very much linked with reading levels. For every increase in the amount of time a student chooses to read usually comes a similar increase in success for that person. Therefore every time I walk through the school and observe students choosing to read The Telegram I feel certain that with each article read my students are indeed increasing their own success both in school and beyond.
The sponsors of Newspapers in Education should be commended on their involvement in this program. Without their involvement The Telegram could not be made available to our students. Also a sincere show of appreciation goes to Mr. Dave Locke, thank you for keeping up with the many demands that come with being coordinator of the NIE program. Shirley Sheppard, Learning Resource Teacher
At Carbonear Collegiate newspapers such as The Telegram are integrated into many classrooms in the effort to encourage our students to read and simultaneously broaden their understanding and appreciation of local, national and international events. The following serves to highlight the applications of The Telegram within various curriculum initiatives this school year.
The Challenging Needs class at Carbonear Collegiate delivers The Telegram daily to staff as part of an in-school newspaper route. The students enjoy their job and look forward to performing this duty every day. They are very happy and eager to be able to participate and help out in their school. At the end of each day the students then bring the remaining newspapers to the library/resource center to place in a current two week circulation. The newspapers are then available for other students to use in courses or assignments on which they may be working. At the end of each two week circulation, a copy of each newspaper is placed in a school archives for the remainder of the school year and can be pulled out if students are looking for a particular article. The Challenging Needs students enjoy helping with the circulation and archiving of newspapers. These daily duties help the Challenging Needs students meet several of their curricular outcomes in the career development and personal development/interpersonal skills domains. They are able to meet many functional skills outcomes, including social skills, time management, building relationships, organization, self-advocacy, managing behaviour and conduct, task commitment, demonstrating respect for others, communication and pragmatics. It also provides them with career preparation and experience. Their daily duties with The Telegram are an important part of their learning.
In Career Development 2202 this year, we were happy to utilize The Telegram for two of our course assignments. Firstly, several specific employment opportunities were copied from The Telegram and distributed to students. Each student then selected one specific job opportunity for which to compose a job application letter and resume. Secondly, students were asked to research one of their possible career choices for a “Forager” assignment, and were encouraged to “forage” through The Telegram articles and advertisements to discover information about employment opportunities related to their career choice. Specific job advertisements, including lists of educational and experiential requirements for positions, were clipped from The Telegram to be included in their assignments. We were happy to have several copies of The Telegram available to students for their work on both of these assignments, and found that real newspaper articles helped to re-enforce the practicality and necessity of making rewarding and informed career-related decisions.
Students in English 1200 and English 1202 classes completed projects utilizing The Telegram. They were tasked with carefully reading articles of personal interest and writing a précis for each of three articles. The task promoted and encouraged reading and writing, thereby partially fulfilling curriculum requirements. In much the same fashion, Environmental Science 3205 students were expected to find three environment-related articles and then summarize what was written in these articles.
The Newspapers in Education program offers our students opportunities to read and respond to articles which they find personally stimulating. Educators at Carbonear Collegiate are pleased to offer students the chance to avail of a valuable learning opportunity each time they read a newspaper such as The Telegram.
At Roncalli Elementary, we inspire each other to learn every day in a constructive, nurturing and respectful environment. We strive to work cooperatively, encourage responsibility and recognize diversity. Using The Telegram has allowed the school to enhance many parts of the curriculum at all grade levels within this environment.
In Kindergarten the students view pictures that can be found throughout the paper. The students are then challenged to come up with captions that make sense. After coming up with several ideas the real caption is revealed. Often, even though the made up captions make sense they don’t quite match up with the real thing! However this is a great activity for developing student perception, espression and creativity at the Kindergarten level.
Grade 1 students used The Telegram during Valentine’s Day to discuss advertising in the media. They looked through the newspaper to see how various products were advertised. As March is nutrition month the students also used the paper to find healthy food to eat. They found food that was in articles or being advertised and used it to make a collage of food that is good and healthy to eat. The class also looks at pictures in the paper to try and make predictions about what is actually happening.
The Grade 3 students recently completed a writing activity in which they read and discussed some newspaper articles concerning events at other schools. After discussing the articles students wrote their own “News of the Day” about events at Roncalli, making sure to follow the format and style of writing that is typically found in the newspaper. Also, one of our grade 3 students takes pride in delivering the telegram to all the classrooms in the school.
Grade 4 students were also examining newspaper articles. They discussed the format of the newspaper and read examples from The Telegram. Then they wrote an article based on an exciting event in a book they had been reading, following the same layout as a newspaper would. Finally, for a math activity the classes have been using the newspapers to complete several math scavenger hunts.
The Grade Five classes used The Telegram extensively early in the year when they were studying weather. Each day the weather section was examined and over the period of several months the information was used to create a graph showing the weather in our province.
Looking through the paper for numbers can be just as important as words. In Grade 6 the students were challenged to find out how much money they needed to live with the bare essentials. They had to search through the paper and find housing, food, and other items they would need to survive. The paper is also read regularly for discussion on current topics around the world.
The Telegram is a valued addition to the school. It is used to improve aspects of learning, as well as inform students about the rest of the world. Roncalli Elementary is pleased to have the newspapers, made available through the Newspaper In Education (NIE) program, to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
At St. Matthew’s we are fortunate to be able to participate in the Newspapers in Education (NIE) program. The Telegram is delivered early each day which allows our students to keep up with news at all levels: local, provincial, national and world. Our delivery students enjoy the responsibility of getting the paper to each classroom on their “delivery route” as well as enjoying the exercise and social interaction that comes with the task. There is always a rush at the beginning of the year to get on the delivery team.
From Kindergarten to Grade 6 there are many activities when we use The Telegram. It is used by the majority of our teachers and students as a vehicle to accomplish many of our outcomes in a meaningful way. While our students study various places throughout the province and the world teachers use The Telegram as a critical connection to keep students informed of interesting activities in those locations.
To begin with our Kindergarten students have been introduced to the value of a daily newspaper. They use The Telegram in a variety of ways.
Activities they have used The Telegram for include:
Searching for the letters of the alphabet that students are learning
Searching for words that start with the letter of the day or pictures of items that start with the letter of the day
Looking for their sight words throughout the headlines
Pictures are used for starting points for classroom discussions on relevant themes- Remembrance Day, Halloween, Christmas, winter, spring, etc.
Visual literacy skills are developed using the photos and advertisements
Our Grade Three students use the newspaper daily in their classrooms for a variety of reasons.
Weather - they could see the forecast for everyday they studied Labrador City for example
Sports - they liked to keep "score" of favourite teams and players especially Stanley Cup time!
Politics - they learn about all levels of government and followed the federal election closely this fall and are always looking out for the mayor and premier!
Local photos - a great way to get a discussion started
Any other information that links to the curriculum or that fascinates the Grade Three mind.
Our Grade Six students incorporate The Telegram in many of their assignments and daily activities, including:
Choosing timely topics for speeches
Organizing current research for their assignments
Throughout the year students use stories from the paper as jumping off points for journal entries.
Analyzing various articles - including letters to the editor which allow them to investigate their role as active citizens in their community Examine global issues which concern students as they explore their place in the world community
Success in school starts with reading so any endeavor that increases our students’ interaction with the written word also increases our students’ success. Many hands-on activities are provided to students here at St. Matthew’s where they use The Telegram to delve into life through the paper. Yet even with all these activities are happening during class time students are still choosing to read The Telegram during recess and lunch breaks. Students in many homerooms take the opportunity to read the comics, sports pages, news from the courts, movie reviews, and even their horoscopes. It is especially gratifying to see students make that choice, as the more students choose to read the more they are developing important literacy skills and increasing their probability of success in school and in life.
A heartfelt thank you goes to The Telegram, Mr. Dave Locke, and the sponsors of the Newspapers in Education Program, for making The Telegram available to our students.
The students of Mount Pearl Senior High have benefited considerably from The Telegram’s Newspaper in Education program.
In today’s English curriculum students must be able to understand and respond to many forms of information. They rely on newspapers for the news stories, but also for the editorials, photographs, editorial cartoons, advertisements and examples of different forms and styles of writing such as can be found in the forums and letters to the editor. Students also learn visual literacy through analysis of advertising, its headings, logos, slogans, fonts and typefaces. All this can be found in The Telegram.
Math students learn to solve practical problems by using the Sports section of The Telegram. Actual sports numbers provide raw data for students to learn about statistics and how standard deviations work.
Social Studies students use newspaper clippings for news, general reference, and scrap booking. Local news from The Telegram keeps social studies topics current, especially for topics such as the fishery, mining, weather, as well as the oil and forestry industries.
In Career Education students practice for the real world by using The Telegram’s Classified and Careers sections to find ads for actual jobs. They use these ads to write cover letters and resumes designed to fit vocations they are interested in.
Enterprise students are given virtual money to ‘purchase’ stocks as listed in The Telegram early in the school-year. They then follow the progress of their portfolios by checking the daily stock listings in The Telegram. Students also use the business section of the paper to find profiles of local businesses and entrepreneurs as well as issues of local significance.
Ethical Issues students use The Telegram to spark discussions on items of local significance, especially stories involving issues of youth, schools, religion and crime.
Canadian Law students use The Telegram to avidly follow the progress of some of the more prominent Newfoundland Supreme Court trials.
And the newspapers are used more than once. After students have finished their reference, reading, and information-gathering work, Art students and Science students get more educational use out of the papers. Art students make forms and sculptures from papier mache, as well as collages. Science students learn to care for animals in the Biology lab because papers are ultimately used to line the animals’ cages.
Science/Biology – Ms. Kara Bourgeois’s Science 2200 students have spent the last several months collecting and assessing articles about local environmental issues from the papers. Then they evaluated, organized and presented their findings to their classmates in personalized scrapbooks. Without the NIE program, these students would not have been able to research and understand the important environmental issues that confront us today.
And yes indeed, students certainly do read the paper for their own interest. Copies are available in the library and in the front office, and students certainly avail of them - often for sports stories, but frequently for a wide variety of interests.
The Telegram’s NIE program has been a tremendous support to our school, its teachers and students. (Karl Moores, Resource Room Teacher-Librarian)
By providing newspapers for schools, The Telegram has offered students of Holy Cross in Eastport the opportunity to broaden their interest in current affairs. With encouragement from teachers and librarians, our youth can become more informed citizens with an understanding of the local, national, and global issues that are at hand. The newspaper presents information in an alternate format and encourages students to create images and formulate ideas rather than have a prescribed image as presented in visual media such as television and the Internet. This promotes confidence and creativity as well as support good reading habits.
Our school utilizes The Telegram in a number of subject areas and teachers have found many ways to incorporate this valuable piece of informational text into curriculum objectives. Some of our primary teachers read sections of the newspaper to students and highlight sentences that are at a reading level for the student so they can read a section. These sessions are particularly important when they can read local news that can lead to a small discussion as well. Another great way to encourage reading and targeting word recognition is to give a newspaper section to a group of students, presenting a topic to write about, and ask students to locate words they can use from the newspapers.
As the science/technology teacher, I highlight new innovations that pertain to the curriculum and take the clippings to enlarge and post on the walls or use as a discussion topics. As part of the science curriculum, students research new innovations in DNA genetics that are being conducted here in Newfoundland. These innovations can be further researched based on articles in the newspapers, as they contain the most current news on these topics. As well, new issues on climate change, pollution, oil extraction and many others are tracked and highlighted through the newspaper. For the weather portion of Science 1206, students track the local, provincial and national weather for a prescribed time frame and then suggest climate trends, write a report, connect any changes to global issues, etc.
The arts and literature classes use articles in the newspaper to build narrative skills, creativity, and interest. Often sports or other newspaper sections are used to spark interest in students who are indifferent to themes presented in the curriculum. For example, the literature teacher permits students to write about local topics they have researched in the paper to encourage their reading and writing skills. Once a student meets with success using a theme of interest they progress into the more mundane reading set in the course material and can meet with much more success with these themes. So as not to drop the student-interest, the two themes are blended, compared, and cross-referenced.
History and economy classes in our school are generally offered on-line through CDLI. However, this does not stop teachers assigning reading in our local newspapers from the library as they often do to track current issues both locally and globally. As well students are able to glean important information from the paper about current affairs such as the recent decline and confidence in the global economy.
Our Career Education/Religion teacher uses the local newspapers as a way to track desirable jobs and help student research and select jobs that suit their aptitudes and aspirations. As well, she uses local real life stories and articles at pertinent times of the year such as Remembrance Day and Christmas to impress upon our youth the importance of good will and kindness to all; as school is not just about the learning of facts but rather it should also help create good citizens. Remember, the youth of today are the politicians, doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers and skilled labourers of tomorrow. Therefore we must all do our part to form the type of citizen we need to bring our province and our country into the future with success.
Finally, but certainly not of least importance, is that all this participation by students promotes the use of our school library where other types of literature can assist in unlocking the quest for knowledge that we as teachers all hope to achieve with our students.
(Shona Allured-Sutton, Vice-Principal/NIE Coordinator, Holy Cross School)
Crescent Collegiate has been participating in the Newspapers in Education program since Crescent opened its doors in 2000. Crescent Collegiate has a student population of 623 from grades 7-12. This year we decided to have The Telegram delivered on a daily basis to every classroom. This not only gives regular classroom students an opportunity to use the newspaper but it also has become a valuable program for one Special Needs Student.
Barbie Gosse delivers the newspaper to every classroom daily. Due to Barbie’s physical limitations, her ability to take part in certain activities is limited. Every morning, the table top of Barbie’s wheelchair is loaded up and she hand delivers the papers throughout the school.
Barbie is always greeted with a friendly smile and a “good morning” from teachers and students alike. This interaction puts a smile on Barbie’s face every morning. Delivering the newspapers has given her more confidence in her ability to accomplish tasks and she has acquired a better sense of being part of the school atmosphere.
This program has heightened the awareness of all special needs students within our school. Our Special Needs teachers say that there is no shortage of volunteers willing to deliver the papers should Barbie be absent. When Barbie is absent, her classmate, Edward St. George, takes care of her delivery.
The NIE program not only helps students achieve curriculum outcomes, but provides a liaison between the Challenging Needs students and the overall school population, a vital component of our policy of inclusion.
At Booth Memorial High School there are four Challenging Needs students involved in delivering newspapers, as an important part of the Newspaper In Education (NIE) Program which is sponsored at our school by Mary Brown’s on Freshwater Road. Their delivery plan ensures maximum use of the NIE Program throughout the school. Wearing their Telegram t-shirts and using their carrier bags Matthew Paddock, Mark Hounsell, Lynsey Rose and Steven Dumaresque take turns stamping and delivering 70 newspapers to 18 locations in our school. The newspaper delivery incorporates teamwork, social skills and contact with teachers and peers. Our students’ participation in newspaper delivery, paper recycling and beverage recycling contribute to the sustainability of our school, community, province, nation and world. These programs also count as part of the service component for our students’ Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. Matthew and Mark are Gold Level participants while Lynsey and Steven are Bronze Level participants.
In our classroom we have used the newspapers in various ways. Our students’ favorite sections include movies, weather and photographs. They also enjoy the NIE Serial Stories, and last year we had the opportunity to have a local author, Susan Chalker Brown, share details about her novel “The Land of a Thousand Whales” which had been published in The Telegram as a Serial Story. In the newspaper we often find out about local activities and productions which we are able to attend. Then we write journal entries and produce a bulletin board to share our experiences. Articles of interest are used for projects and scrap-booking. During the elections, we set up our own polling booth and carried out mock elections in our classroom using the information from the newspaper.
Thank you to The Telegram and their NIE Program which provides our students with the opportunity to develop responsibility, independence and pride in their work, and to be an integral part of our school community and educational program.
The Newspapers In Education (NIE) Program is a valuable resource that offers a wide range of literacy tools for educators to use, creating a rich learning context for students.
Holy Family School is one such place where newspapers are used regularly as a medium to achieve, reinforce and enhance curriculum objectives, while at the same time providing an avenue to motivate students toward personal and academic success. Visuals stimulate story starters, lead to discussions around advertising and help students’ thinking critically about our popular culture and provide mathematical contexts for geometry. Activities like critiquing articles will encourage research thereby heightening understanding and broadening awareness of the world, both near and far. Scavenger hunts and other exploratory investigations help children to deconstruct this medium as something different from their own books or books borrowed from a library. Many buddy-reading groups within the school share in the delight of the serial stories. Collected satellite weather maps springboard into the experiential; student made weather instruments like rain gauges and anemometers. Inquiry and the examination of raw data provide lessons in numeracy and data management thus helping to uncover a deeper story thus making numbers more meaningful.
The NIE program acts to foster a sense of community because newspapers, while mostly black and white, contain colourful stories about students’ neighbours, and their friends and family. Community contests, local swim teams results, Girl Guides fundraisers and school celebrations including, but not limited to, Remembrance Day assemblies and annual Terry Fox Runs -it’s all there. Community pride is evident as children see themselves here, in print, impacting and changing their communities and neighborhoods. Stories promote a greater sense of self and school culture, which are important extensions of the curriculum.
NIE promotes literacy cross-curricular and is a paper for us that reflects on us, on many levels. Extra, Extra!