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2018 Winter Olympic Games

PyeongChang, South Korea, hosts the most sports, the most athletes and innovations based on traditional values. Models of lede, profile, how-to and sports news coverage are found in The Post’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Cross-disciplinary reading and discussion opportunities bring together the Korean War, missiles fired from North Korea and the “Peace Olympics”; athletes’ personal finance, training and economics; media, geography and international visions. 

NIE Curriculum Guides

Exploration of journalistic basics begins with the traditional news lede and expands to the variety of delayed ledes used to convey information, capture reader interest and enhance comprehension. The focus of feature pieces is analyzed in “The Homecoming.” Discussion of journalistic values and the freedoms of speech and press are based in recent actions.

Billion-dollar weather and climate disasters were all too present in 2017, making it one of the top five years for loss of life and destruction of personal and business properties and land. The Capital Weather Gang informs readers, helping them to understand daily and severe weather. Maps, interviews, data; news, editorial cartoons and columns, and features bring the issues and events surrounding severe weather to life.

How and why did the U.S. acquire islands in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea? What lead to some becoming U.S. states and territories, while others remained American possessions with residents having different degrees of U.S. rights and representation? Economic, military, cultural identity and questions of sovereignty and human rights enter the discussion.

Vietnam, Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers, and a Supreme Court decision. When 1971 began, Washington Post owner and publisher Katharine Graham was a widow and mother of four who was finding her way in the world of men. It was her decision to publish the Pentagon Papers after the Nixon administration had filed an injunction to stop The New York Times from continuing publication. In Steve Spielberg’s The Post she and the newspaper gain their voice and the First Amendment is affirmed. This guide provides resources to introduce and discuss the era and the movie.

Campaign 2016

Campaign 2016 provides avenues for diverse study. At the foundation are candidates’ speeches, actions and policies, and party platforms. Understanding polls and their influence, analyzing political cartoons and political ads and using social media form another strand of study. Considering bellwether Indiana towns and a Virginia town that lacks enough candidates to run for office, defining issues and using original documents offer more challenges for students.