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Guam, Puerto Rico and Other American Parts Unknown

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.

NIE Curriculum Guides

The fundamental rights to dissent, protest and petition the government for a redress of grievances are covered in the suggested activities, lessons and reprinted articles, commentary and editorial cartoons found in this guide.

The Washington Post articles, commentary and photographs stimulate classroom activities and discussion of the who, what, where, why and how of the civil rights movement, highlighting the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963 and the 50-year anniversary commemorations. Students will meet leaders, consider the role of women, and analyze the media's presence in organizing, maintaining and communicating the struggle for equality.

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.

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.