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From Yellowstone to Acadia and Zion

National Parks found in every state and U.S. territories provide enjoyment, employment, a challenge to preserve special places, natural and marine resources, history, culture and a mandate to stewardship. Suggested activities include a role play (conflicting views regarding reauthorization of the National Marine Sanctuary Act), 3 Parks in 3 Days, career education and cross-disciplinary park visits from Acadia to Zion.

NIE Curriculum Guides

Juvenile Justice is in the news as 2016 begins. President Obama has taken executive action against solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons. Congress is considering a bill to reform sentencing, including that of juveniles. And the Supreme Court has ruled that inmates who were juveniles when they were sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment may retroactively appeal their sentences. Historic perspective, activities and the latest views on Juvenile Justice.

Questions are found in many forms of journalism. How-to and advice columnists often respond to questions submitted by their readers. The well-written questions of the interview inform reporters, editorial writers and investigative journalists. The Q&A provides a quick read. Partial and full quotations from diverse interviewees that are successfully woven into the reporter’s narrative provide accurate and balanced coverage. Activities in this guide assist students in forming questions, organizing an oral history project, connecting questions to a career and conducting an interview. 

Media covered the story. We read about the event. We saw the action. We heard the speech. And responded to the vote tallies.

Students follow the primary election process through KidsPost and Post articles, editorial and Fact Checker. Students design campaign buttons, spin a story and test their voter knowledge.

Subject of songs, poems, paintings and budget battles, bridges are essential to the infrastructure of places built near rivers. Study the Memorial Bridge deterioration and the 11th Street Bridge Park proposal. Research D.C. bridges, photograph them and paint them.

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.