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Introducing "Student Voices"

§ January 28th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers,

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for your students -- the chance to have their work published in the print Boston Herald newspaper every month with our new "Student Voices" program. We're looking for submissions right away.

Here's how it works:

  • During the first week of the month: Check the NIE blog for writing prompts based on Boston Herald articles. Give your students a chance to read, think, and respond to the questions with their own valuable opinions in up to 300 words.
  • Email us your students’ responses and a photo, along with a signed media release form from a parent or guardian, by the deadline posted with the prompt (Submissions must be sent in by a teacher who is subscribed to the free Boston Herald Smart Edition. Submissions sent by students will not be considered. ) Some of the best answers will be displayed on the NIE blog.
  • One student response will be published in the print edition of the Boston Herald every month!


Get started today:

Here's your first writing prompt! Read the Boston Herald article "Sochi to be 'mobile games'" on page 20 of the Monday, January 27 issue. (Smart Edition tip: use the calendar tool to access this past article.)

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?

Deadline: Thursday, February 6

Don't have the Smart Edition in your classroom yet? Order here to participate.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at or call 617-619-6220.



How to use the Calendar Tool in the Smart Edition

§ January 28th, 2014 § Filed under Teacher resources, Uncategorized § No Comments

Did you know that with the Smart Edition you can access up to 30 days of past Boston Herald issues?

Here's how:

1. Log into the Smart Edition. Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

2. Once on the Home Screen, click on any link to get inside the newspaper.

3. After logging in, go to the top left corner of the screen and click on the blue button that says Calendar.

4. Once the calendar appears, select the date of the issue you would like to read and click.

That's how you use the Calendar tool to access past issues in the Smart Edition!

If you have more questions about using the Smart Edition, download the Smart Edition Teacher Guide here. For tablet and iPad users, you can download our Smart Edition for iPads and Tablets here.

You can also contact Brianne Costa at or 617-619-6220.

State of the Union Address discussion activities

§ January 27th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Tomorrow President Barack Obama will deliver the 2014 State of the Union Address. Students can watch the press conference on live television or on the White House live stream, which will include graphics, data, and charts to help explain the issues mentioned. Watch the State of the Union Address streaming live here.

This lesson plan from PBS includes a hand out explaining the history of the State of the Union Address. There is also a worksheet for students to take home Tuesday night. Half the questions are for before the conference is aired, and the other half is analysis questions to complete after Obama’s speech. This lesson is great for social studies, civics, current events, and government classes in grades 7-12.

Don't forget to check out the Smart Edition this week for analysis and reactions from Boston Herald’s top political reporters. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Resources

§ January 20th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and we will soon celebrate Black History Month in February.

Today’s Boston Herald features 3 area leaders working to honor King’s legacy: Mayor Marty Walsh, Harriette John, and Pastor William E. Dickerson II. Read the full story on Page 5 of the Smart Edition. Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

This learning resource supplement from the NIE Institute and History Channel provides an overview of the American Civil Rights movement. It highlights the times of slavery, Jim Crow laws, the march on Washington, and the election of President Obama. Download the PDF guide here.

Try reading a Serial Story with your class!

§ January 13th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, English Language Arts, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

"The Awesome Duo: Jimmy and Jesse and the Sixth Grade Talent Show" by J.R. Dick Fitch is available to NIE teachers as a 15 part PDF download. The packet includes a vocabulary guide and discussion questions with every chapter, and your students will love the suspense of a serial story.

Follow Mrs. Morgan’s sixth grade class as they discuss their individual talents and prepare for a school-wide talent show. As the date of the show draws nearer, the students must work hard to ensure it is a great success.

Download the full PDF here.