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§ September 4th, 2017 § Filed under Teacher resources § No Comments

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. Now is the time to sign up for your free subscription to the Boston Herald. Your subscription includes access to the Boston Herald e-Edition and Common-Core aligned curriculum updated weekly.

With the Boston Herald e-Edition you can:
• Read unlimited back issues
• Search, print and email stories
• Translate articles into 17 languages
• Listen to articles read aloud
• Log on 24/7 for homework and research

Plus, your students can be published in the Boston Herald through our Student Voices writing program.

All of this is made available to teachers for free through the Boston Herald in Education program.

Subscribe today.

Great ways to teach Black History Month

§ February 25th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, History, Teacher resources § No Comments

February is Black History Month. How have you been incorporating black history into your classroom? NIE offers black history curriculum guides that you can use as a great resource to teach your students about African American heritage. You can access these guides on the Curriculum page on the Boston Herald NIE website.

Also, check out what other local Massachusetts schools are doing to teach their students about Black History Month and watch this Boston Herald video. Eye On Education: Newburyport School Teaches Black History Month Through Online Game

Student Activity: Caucus vs. Primary

§ February 10th, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, Teacher resources § No Comments

Early February is an exciting time in the 2016 election, as the first rounds of primaries and caucuses are officially underway. But what exactly is a primary and a caucus?  We know they play a very important role in the presidential election and receive a great deal of media coverage. Yet, do we really know what each entail?

As a class, discuss the differences between a primary and a caucus. Create a venn diagram that highlights what is unique to a caucus, what is unique to a primary and what the two have in common. Then, read articles in the Boston Herald e-Edition about the Iowa Caucus and the NH Primary. Research both event and use real examples that support your description of a caucus and a primary.

To get started, search your Boston Herald e-Edition and read these two articles: Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation's first primary and Watching Monday: What to look for in the 2016 Iowa caucuses

Follow the presidential election with NIE

§ February 2nd, 2016 § Filed under Current Events, NIE News, Teacher resources § Tagged , , , , , § No Comments

With Iowa kicking off the first official caucus, the presidential election is heating up and will only continue to get hotter from here. With more caucuses and primaries approaching, as well as endless debates, rallies and events, look to NIE to receive your up-to-date information. Our coverage of the election will provide teachers with simple resources to use in their classrooms.

We offer several Curriculum guides relating to the election process and the U.S. government, such as Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Process, available to all NIE subscribers.  Not an NIE subscriber yet? Sign up for free here!

We will also be incorporating more election details and activities into our Weekly News Quiz, Facebook, and our NIE Activity of the Day on Twitter, @BostonHeraldNIE. Search #NIEactivity or reference the live Twitter feed on the homepage.

For more details on last night's Iowa caucus, read this article at

Black History Month Resources

§ February 5th, 2015 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

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.

Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

§ January 15th, 2015 § Filed under History, Teacher resources § No Comments

On Monday we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn about the legacy of Dr. King and the history behind the Civil Rights Movement with "Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," an informative downloadable guide available on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page.

Access the Curriculum Page here and use the curriculum username and password from your welcome email to log in and download the guide.

Geography Awareness Week Resources

§ November 18th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

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. 

Weekly News Quiz, November 17

§ November 17th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

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?


1. 2016.

2. The Connector.

3. William F. Weld.

4. Veteran's Day.

5. Philae.

6. Westminster.

7. Westfield.

8. Boston University.

Weekly News Quiz, November 10

§ November 10th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

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)

2. Swampscott.

3. Republican/GOP

4. Jeanne Shaheen (D)

5. Casinos.

6. Sick time.

7. Tom Brady.

8. Interstellar.

Student Voices November Prompt

§ November 7th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

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 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 or call 617-619-6220.

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