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A “Social Media Toolbox” for High School Journalists

§ November 28th, 2012 § Filed under Computers and Technology, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Teacher resources § No Comments

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.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

November Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds Page

§ November 21st, 2012 § Filed under Teacher resources § No Comments

The Boston Herald celebrates Family Literacy Month this November with the latest publication in the Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds series, found here. The page focuses on reading, learning, and fun that the whole family can enjoy together.

Learn about Jean Ciborowski Fahey’s book for children and parents Make Way for Reading: A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children, two Massachusetts Book Awards selections Alice Bliss and Chasing the Nightbird, and the online storybook Tomasito’s Mother Comes to School.

Massachusetts Reads and Succeeds is a series dedicated to the people and organizations whose efforts in literacy make our state a great place to live and learn.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

No Delivery Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving

§ November 19th, 2012 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers– There will be no print delivery of the Boston Herald this Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 due to Thanksgiving. You can still access the online Smart Edition during the break.

Print delivery will resume on Monday, November 26.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Student Art Wanted for Publication: Deadline December 17

§ November 15th, 2012 § Filed under Art, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Middle School, NIE News § No Comments

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 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 by December 17.

Learn with "Mankind: The Story of All of Us"

§ November 13th, 2012 § Filed under Current Events, History, Teacher resources § No Comments

Image from Boston Herald

A new History Channel miniseries starts off with a bang- The Big Bang to be exact. Mankind: The Story of All of Us traces the history of humankind from the birth of the Universe 13 million years ago. The series takes the viewer through the discovery of fire to the building of the Great Wall of China and beyond.

Read Boston Herald’s review of the series here.

NIE teachers can access a curriculum guide to use with students while watching the six-part series, found here.

Mankind: The Story of All of Us premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on the History Channel.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate


Print Delivery Cancelled on Veterans Day

§ November 9th, 2012 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers– Print Boston Herald delivery will be cancelled on Monday, November 12 for Veterans Day. Delivery will resume on Tuesday, November 13. Online Smart Edition access will be available during the holiday.

National and Local Election Day Results

§ November 7th, 2012 § Filed under Current Events, History § No Comments

Photo by AP

Barack Obama has been voted a second term as President of the United States. Mitt Romney conceded the presidential race from his election night headquarters in South Boston around 1 a.m.

Elizabeth Warren celebrated a victory over Scott Brown, becoming Massachusetts’ first woman Senator.

Read about reactions to the election results starting with this Boston Herald article.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE