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Weekly News Quiz, January 26

§ January 26th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Here is an interactive quiz board of this week's news quiz based on current events in the Boston Herald.  Find a text only version of the questions below, as well as answers to last week's quiz at the bottom of the post.

Give your students the link to this quiz for a fun snow day activity!


1. This sports “scandal” involving under-inflated footballs during the Patriots-Colts game has been named ____ by the media.

2. This New England Patriot rescued a woman from a car wreck after winning the AFC East against the Indianapolis Colts.

3. Last week we celebrated the legacy of what historic Civil Rights movement leader.

4. Last week President Barack Obama gave this annual speech on the state of affairs in America.

5. This country superstar played a concert in Boston over the weekend after taking a 16 year hiatus.

6. This movie about a military sniper has been leading ticket sales at movie theaters nationwide.

Answers to last week's quiz

1. I-93.

2. 40 minutes.

3. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

4. Jared Sullinger.

5. LinkedIn.

6. 30.

7. The Indianapolis Colts.

8. Jury.

Weekly News Quiz, January 19

§ January 19th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find a fun, interactive, game show-style Quiz Board here. Questions are based on last week's top stories in the Boston Herald. A text-only version of the questions are below, as well as the answers to last week's quiz.


1. Protesters blocked both sides of this major highway during morning rush hour last Thursday.

2. The Boston Teachers Union approved an increase in the school day by how long?

3. These two funny ladies hosted the Golden Globes awards show last week.

4. Which Celtics forward hosted a clothing drive for the charitable Goodwill organization last week?

5. This business-themed social media tool announced plans to expand its publishing platform.

6. Obama recently said that consumers of big retail chains with stolen data should be notified within how many days?

7. On Sunday, the Patriots won against this team in the AFC Championship and will continue on to the Superbowl!

8. The trials of Aaron Hernandez and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev are both in the process of selecting the _______.

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Stuart Scott.

2. Expedition Unknown.

3. Inaugurated.

4. Immigration.

5. Dachshunds.

6. Aaron Hernandez or Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

7. 2024.

8. France.

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.

Weekly News Quiz, January 12

§ January 12th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments


Find an interactive, game show-style board of our weekly news quiz here. Or, find a text only version of the questions below. The answers to last week's quiz can be found at the bottom of the post.


1. This esteemed ESPN sportscaster passed away last week and will be missed by many sports fans.

2. Premiering on the Travel Channel last week and hosted by a Gloucester native, this show explores lost cities and myths.

3. Last week, Charlie Baker was ________ as the new Massachusetts governor. (Verb meaning to induct into office with formal ceremonies.)

4. Charlie Baker wants to move the state towards compliance of the federal law REAL ID, which is concerned with what political hot button issue?

5. 71 puppies of what breed were rescued from a puppy mill in Westminster and are already well on their way to finding forever homes through the MSPCA?

6. Two high profile Massachusetts court cases began proceedings last week. Name the defendant in one of these cases.

7. The United States Olympic Committee picked Boston as their bid for the upcoming summer Olympic Games in what year?

8. Last week, terrorists attacked a satirical newspaper in what country?

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Amazon.

2. Cyber attacks.

3. AirAsia.

4. North Korea.

5. New York.

6. Jeb Bush.

7. Tom Brady.

8. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.


Student Voices January: "Write What You Want!"

§ January 7th, 2015 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Write what you want!

This month, we’re trying something new for Student Voices – instead of responding to writing prompts, students can write about a newsworthy and relevant topic of their choice! To participate, respond to any article from the past two weeks in 300 words or less. We want to hear your opinions.

Responses must be no more than 300 words and sent in by the student’s teacher. We will not accept submission directly from students. Please email responses to by Thursday, January 29.

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

One response will be chosen to be published in the Boston Herald newspaper. All students who participate will have their work published on the NIE Blog.

Because students can write about any topic, it's easy to integrate this activity into your curriculum for any subject! Teaching journalism? This activity can be integrated into journalism lesson plans while learning about the Op-Ed and Letters to the Editor sections of the newspaper. Refer to the Op-Ed section of the daily Boston Herald as a guide. Read the Smart Edition here. 

Find examples of past Student Voices responses here.

Weekly News Quiz, January 5

§ January 5th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a fantastic and relaxing winter break.

Find a game show style interactive quiz board version of our weekly news quiz here. Or find a text only version of the questions below. The answers to the previous news quiz (December 22) are posted at the end of this blog. Enjoy!


1. This large company is planning to expand its same-day delivery service to Massachusetts this year.

2. The FBI is looking to hire internet experts to help prevent this problem, which Sony experienced last month, from happening again.

3. There is an ongoing search for a plane that disappeared from radar from what airline?

4. The Interview, which earned 15 million dollars in online sales last week in its first four days of release, is controversial for making fun of the leader of this country.

5. Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo lost his father, Mario Cuomo, who was also a former governor of this state.

6. This former Florida governor has earned nearly a quarter of Republican support for a presidential nomination, making him a front runner for the 2016 election.

7. This Patriots player restructured his contract to give the team more money to use to better the team.

8. This film ended a popular series and won at the box office over the Christmas holiday weekend.

Answers to the previous quiz

1. The Interview.

2. Jingle Ball.

3. Rajon Rondo.

4. Football.

5. Jeb Bush.

6. Cuba.

7. Lobster.

8. Meningitis.