2005-2006 Student Achievers
For many students in the elementary classrooms, their morning read begins with The Telegram and usually extends into recess and lunch breaks. On a daily basis one particular group of students will head for their cozy corner to grab the latest copy of The Telegram. Their goal for the day is to read and find out what’s new in sports. In fact, these students have started a hockey wall in their classroom by cutting out and posting articles and pictures of their hockey “idols” that make the news. At the end of the day there is no neat stack of papers remaining, but rather proof of another great day of reading as the untidy, rumpled and well used pile of newspapers sit on the side table next to the couch.
Another group of students literally line up at their teacher’s desk when The Telegram arrives to take different sections to look through. “Primarily they work with the sports section, reading articles about their favorite sports teams. They also love checking out the local sports section to see if they could find their names or names of their friends and teammates. They are so proud to give Mr. Richard the clippings to put up in the Community Events bulletin board.” Many children start out reading the sports section, a section that generally appeals to children, but they naturally branch out into other parts of the paper, usually without realizing they did! This has also manifested in a grade six class where The Telegram is a part of everyday learning. Each morning discussion is ignited amongst the students as they share their favorite highlights of current events from the previous days paper.
The impact of The Telegram continues to be a positive one for the children at Rennie’s River Elementary School! Rennie’s River Elementary School thanks The Telegram for their partnership in motivating and encouraging more children to read.
St. Catherine’s Academy, Mount Carmel
Elementary students have been fans of the serial stories featured in The Telegram since they began. Thus far, their favorite has been the Secret School but that may change now that Fanny the Fish has arrived on the scene. It is always encouraging when you find something that captures the student’s imagination and makes them want to read.
Our participation is not limited to our elementary students but extends into our junior and senior classrooms. Some may think that the program is only useful to the language program, not so. Our art, history and math teachers have referred to stock quotes, hockey scores and stories from Bert Riggs to further enhance their lessons.
The value of the NIE program in the language classroom is apparent on a daily basis. The Telegram provides us with an additional resource to study models of newspaper articles and to analyze ads. It is used in functional literacy programs and in enhancing reading strategies, whereby students apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life experiences.
For example in Ms. Nolan’s English 2201/02 class, each day students must select and respond to an article that is relevant to a theme being studied in class. This assignment has been catalyst to animated and informed discussions of current events as they relate to our curriculum outcomes. Students develop a new appreciation of literature when they can read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, with its decay of social consciousness, and compare it to the looting and crime that transpired in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Featured with this article is Ms. Nolan’s English 1201/02 class as they study the inverted Pyramid Structure of a newspaper article.
The NIE program has helped to foster and promote reading in our school. Whether a student wants to read a movie review, check the latest hockey scores or read their daily horoscope, they are reading and that’s what is so important in the end. To me the success of the program can be measured when students walk through your door and say, “Hey Miss, is the paper here yet?”
Thank you to The Telegram for their wonderful contribution to our classrooms.
Using newspapers is a great way to extend many of the outcomes in the new grade 8 social studies curriculum. Exploring whether articles are ‘primary’ or ‘secondary’; discussing whether a writer presents a biased or objective viewpoint on an issue; gaining a ‘window into the past’ of our province by reading some of the ‘Insight’ articles or discussing current issues of relevance to our province, the NIE program provides a wealth of ‘spring-boarding’ discussion/research material for teachers and students a like.
The NIE program provides something for everyone, but most of all, it provides schools with an in-depth, comprehensive look at what’s going on in not only our own province, but the world around us. It is particularly effective in teaching our grade 8's that today is ‘history’ tomorrow, and we are continuously reflecting on the effects of past decisions/events on us today, while coming to a realization that history is never stagnant, but very much a living thing.
The papers are also used by other teachers on staff for other subject areas, such as Ms. Inkpen’s grade 5 class who uses sections such as the weather information to help them understand science terms such as weather and climate. The students can also use the information to develop charts or graphs for mathematics to display the data found and collected over time.
The Language Arts program is also enriched using this resource. Many Elementary grades, such as Mr. Dove’s grade 4 class and Ms. Williams grade 6 class, use excerpts to explore informational text, as well as visuals to explore the photographer’s or creator’s message through other ways of representing.
Thank you for this great resource.
Baltimore School (K-12) Ferryland
As soon as the papers arrive in the morning, our challenging needs students deliver the papers to the K-6 teachers. This service provides the challenging needs students with an opportunity to develop social skills, self-esteem and to develop transitional employment skills. They are able to see other students and the rest of the student body gets to know them. They also feel good about doing an important task each day.
Mrs. Myra Brophy’s Grade 2 class enjoyed and looked forward to hearing about Frannie’s adventure each week. “Frannie Learns a Lesson” was discussed in keeping with values in the Health Curriculum. They also used imagination to add to the pictures shown.
Mrs. Julie Chafe, the Grade 3 teacher, has used the newspapers on a regular basis over the years. Her students have always been enthusiastic about completing newspaper activities. For some students, it is the only exposure they get to the newspaper in their daily lives. Mrs. Chafe’s students are able to develop an appreciation for newspapers and their use at a very young age. To enhance Language Arts outcomes she has used The Telegram for a number of different activities, but one in particular the students become familiar with the different sections of the paper by completing a Scavenger Hunt. They are asked to look for specific items such as a title, a joke, a weather forecast, an advertisement, a movie etc. In another activity, the students read an article and apply the 5W’s after which they give an oral or written report. Mrs. Chafe’s class has also thoroughly enjoyed the serial stories that have been featured in The Telegram such as the The Holly Wreath Man and look forward to others.
In junior high, Mr. Dennis Mayo and Mr. Mike Schulz’s Grade 8 Health classes, have used the newspapers to search for and summarize articles that reflect some aspect of a “Healthy Lifestyle”.
In senior high, Mrs. June Mayo’s science classes have used The Telegram to track provincial, national, and international weather events (Science 2200), to look for news about global environmental issues (Environmental Science), and to read about advances in medicine (Biology 2201).
In Canadian Issues 1209, Mr. Dave Sullivan has used The Telegram to help his students understand the role of unions in our society with particular reference to the negotiations between Abitibi-Consolidated and its employees at the paper mill in Stephenville. As well, Mr. Sullivan’s Human Dynamics class found that an October 2 article, dealing with the benefits of breast feeding for the mother and child extremely useful, as the main focus of the course deals with the care of a newborn baby.
Mr. Jamie Jenkins and Mr. Dave Matchem’s Enterprise 3205 students use The Telegram to locate and summarize twenty articles pertaining to various issues related to the world of business.
Ms. Michele Maloney’s Theatre Arts students develop an awareness and appreciation for what’s happening in the provincial performing arts scene by referring to the Arts and Entertainment section of The Telegram and collecting articles about Newfoundland and Labrador singers, songwriters, actors, playwrights, school and community theatre groups and their work. Her Writing 2200 students often read the “words and wonder” of Russell Wangersky to hone their descriptive writing skills and her Folk Literature students look for the formal features of folk literature in Dale Jarvis’ Newfoundland Unexplained.
Because our school encourages recycling, tattered and torn newspapers are used for paper mache projects in Art or mask making in Theatre Arts. At the end of each term old newspapers are brought to the recycling depot.
This profile presents a snapshot of how The Telegram is used in our school. We are extremely grateful to The Telegram and its sponsors for providing students and teachers with this very valuable resource.
Grades 5 and 6 meet many of the outcomes of their Language Arts and Social Studies programs through exposure to this medium. In addition to becoming familiar with the format of the newspaper, they preview visuals and write captions. Comic strips and cartoons also act as a model of illustration and content. As well, selected editorials are used to convey the importance of voice, freedom of speech and as concrete examples of how both opinionated and factual accounts are written. This form of writing can also set the guideline for persuasive arguments when doing debates. The newspaper also provides rich material for current events discussions.
For the Canadian Law and Canadian Economics classes, The Telegram serves as an excellent source for current information to further supplement the text in extending and expanding course objectives. Articles and editorials provide real life context for many of the respective course outcomes, thus establishing relevancy and allowing students to more deeply appreciate the connection between school studies and real life.
For Canadian Law, the paper supplies many stories and offers up numerous legal issues for discussions and debate, as well as allowing students to more deeply appreciate the varied facets of law at play in their everyday life. All themes inherent in the Canadian Economics course are invariably brought out in newspaper articles. Students receive tremendous value from being made aware of important provincial, federal and international economic issues and keeping abreast of their eventual outcomes.
The service provided by The Telegram’s Newspaper In Education program for schools is an excellent example of private business, both positively and beneficially, impacting the teaching and learning in the classroom. The program is indeed of genuine value to our students!
Jason Bixby’s Level I Students
Mushuau Innu Natuashish School (MINS), Natuashish, NL
For my students and I, The Telegram is an invaluable resource. It has become one of the primary sources of media information that we use in our class.
Every day during first period, our school has employed a general reading/writing only strategy. In our class, in addition to writing in a journal, we enjoy catching up on current events. We use a variety of information sources to satisfy this niche; the Internet, a few national magazines, as well as The Telegram. The international, national and especially local news coverage is excellent. Of particular interest to a large component of our class is the sports section.... by the way. I applaud The Telegram for being more local sports coverage oriented! A good case in point would be the extensive coverage bestowed upon the curling squadron from Newfoundland and Labrador after winning the right to represent the Maple Leaf at the Olympics in Torino (and before they actually won). Of course, this is a national news story, but I doubt that other newspapers displayed such in-depth coverage!
Additionally, I have found the paper to be an invaluable teaching / learning resource for my English Language Arts 1202 class. The Telegram has been used extensively as a source for real life examples. Examples include discussions of concepts like media advertisements, the characteristics associated with technical writing, biases used in opinion pieces, etcetera. It is one thing to just discuss a concept, but for a student to actually pick it out of a newspaper article shows real applied learning.
To be completely honest, The Telegram is one of the foremost media and teaching resources I use in my classroom. Quite frankly, I would not want to function without it.
The papers are delivered to the Gr. 12 home room daily of course, and things are co-ordinated from there. Some teachers have a copy of the paper sent to individual rooms while others simply come to 12-1 on a need or usage basis. This room is not only a grade 12 home room but is also home-based for the Theatre Arts Programme, and a number of the school’s co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including the Drama Club, Assembly Planning Committees and the Public Speaking Group. It is also a "ready room" so to speak, for our Bulletin Board Displays, which are an integral component of our extra-curricular life here at L.B.A.
The recent success of our home grown Olympians, provided extra incentive to not only a daily tracking system via the main bulletin board but eventually a full presentation of their success story (See attached photo). Even though cut and paste is sometimes considered an "out of touch" activity, in what’s often termed a "paperless society", our students prove otherwise by virtue of their involvement in these projects.
In addition to the Arts courses and extra-curricular activities, the Workplace and Safety 3220 classes with instructor, Rick Duffy, offers opportunities for involvement in the NIE Program as well. Students perform job searches, keep abreast of local and provincial initiatives and conduct research into industrial accidents and other incidents.
One suggestion, we’d like to offer The Telegram Publisher and Editors, that has come from some of the students involved in our local initiatives, is to consider a slight change in the format of either your dailies or the weekend edition, whereby you have a page devoted to regional events alone. This, they suggest would increase public awareness and add extra incentive for more participation in an already vibrant process. "Who knows", they further suggest, "maybe somehow the reporting could be student based".
The staff and students of Leo Burke Academy thank The Telegram for a much appreciated learning initiative.
St. Peter’s Elementary School, Mount Pearl, NL
Miss O’Brien’s Grade Three Class
At. St. Peter’s Elementary, various grade levels use The Telegram in a variety of ways to meet curriculum outcomes. Ms. O’Brien’s Grade 3 class, for example, has used The Telegram for a variety of activities, primarily in the Language Arts area. The eight-chapter serialized story “Frannie Learns a Lesson” highlighted the adventures of a little fish named Frannie. The students grew to love Frannie and readily identified with the challenges she faced.
Following the reading of each chapter, class discussions were held in which the students shared their views and emotions. These dialogues lead to inquiry learning, whereby the students reflected on the content of the story, formulated their own questions and related them to their personal encounters. They used a Literature Response Chart to guide their thoughts and reflected their responses in a special “Frannie Learns a Lesson” booklet which they illustrated, chapter by chapter. This was a valuable forum in which the students were given opportunities to develop creativity, demonstrate empathy towards Frannie’s dilemmas and discover ways of solving problems that are similarly experienced in their daily lives. Once the booklets were completed, they were proudly displayed in the main lobby of our school, to be enjoyed by all. The students are now eagerly awaiting the new adventures of Frannie and her friends, which will be published in April.
Miss Dunne, a teacher intern from MUN has been working with Ms. O’Brien’s class during the winter term. The excitement of the 2006 Olympics was evident throughout the school and Miss Dunne took this opportunity to integrate The Telegram into a cross-curricular unit of study. As a Language Arts lesson, the students selected random newspaper “captions” related to various Olympic sports and wrote creative stories based on how they interpreted the caption. The students were also presented with pictures from the newspaper and they fashioned stories to match the emotional expressions indicated on the faces of the athletes. They put their own personal spin on these stories and pretended that they were the actual athletes in the pictures. They were delighted to share these stories with their classmates.
Perhaps the most rewarding and thrilling experience for the students was discovering newspaper clippings of the “Team Gushue” rink. This local attraction captivated their attention and they were eager to find the biggest and brightest photos, captions and headlines to honour their heroes. Throughout the course of the Olympic Games, the students designed colourful collages, which highlighted the team’s journey from the opening ceremonies to the victorious gold medal celebrations. The collage was displayed in our classroom as an enormous “Wall of Fame” in honour of our Newfoundland champions.
The newspaper and additional resources provided through The Telegram’s Newspaper in Education (NIE) program have made a valuable contribution to teaching and learning at St. Peter’s Elementary School. It enables us to be an informed school. The students at St. Peter’s Elementary have struck “gold” with Newspapers in Education!
Beginning students learn to use the weather chart and graphics to discuss the weather, in St. John’s and across the country. They can identify the different sports in the sports section. By counting the stars they can look at the movie reviews and find the good movies. They can scan articles to look for specific information such as the age and sex of a dog shown in the SPCA piece. Prompted by the daily su-do-kus, beginning students have learned how to solve these logic puzzles. Learning the techniques and discussing the various possibilities have stimulated lots of spontaneous language and teaching opportunities. Beginning English students feel very proud when they learn how to do this activity that is not language-based, but logic-based. At this point in their language learning, they are not actually reading the newspaper so much as becoming familiar with its organization and format and learning how they can use it.
More advanced students use the paper in a variety of ways, some open-ended and some more structured. Reading the newspaper is a great way to explore current events, such as the recent election, and current issues, such as the state of the fishery, the seal hunt, and same-sex marriage. Students read articles and do verbal and written summaries. They use the newspaper as a source of information on workplace or employment issues. The most recent, for example, was an article called “Task Force Tackling Skills Shortage.” Intermediate and advanced students learn how to look for apartments, jobs, and services in the classified section.
The newspaper is a wonderful resource for teaching new immigrants about Canada and about Canadian values. At every phase of language learning the number of ways that it can be used is limited only by the teacher’s imagination. New immigrants have been cut adrift from everything that was familiar to them. They want to feel a sense of belonging in this country. Reading the local, the national and the international news every day centers them in this country and then helps them to reconnect with the world.
The Association for New Canadians is very grateful to The Telegram and the sponsors of the Newspapers In Education program for this rich and ever varied teaching tool that is delivered free of charge to our doorstep every morning.
As we studied the federal election, each class member compiled a scrapbook project on the various candidates for the election as well as issues centered on the election. We learned about the three levels of government and also became more accustomed to looking critically at the various parts of the paper and their uses. We looked at things such as political cartoons, letters to the editor and pictures, in addition to the features that we had examined before Christmas.
The next topic that we focused on was the Olympics. We created a bulletin board of Canada’s Olympians and each class in the school tracked a particular sport. In Grade 5 we followed the snowboarders and compiled statistics from the paper about their results. As a school we created a pictograph depicting the medal results.
At present we have two topics that we are researching in the classroom - Environmental Issues and the Fisheries. Daily we check the papers for articles on these two topics and post them on our class bulletin board. We will be using the information from these articles; as well as other sources to identify what we feel are key areas that need to be addressed. Then we will write politicians and the editor with what we feel some solutions to problems might be.