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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

Through Washington Post articles, commentary and suggested activities, we ask students to consider the importance of the arts in a democracy. Who should fund the work of artists, theatrical performances and exploration into the healing potential of the arts? In what ways can scholastic journalists cover fine and performing arts events in their community? Can a society afford not to support artistic endeavors?

Freedom of the press requires journalists to be ethical, accurate and fair in their coverage. Freedom of the press demands readers expect reporters to respect their subjects, sources and readers, following a story to inform honestly. Guidelines for identifying true from fake news, student activities and Post articles, guest commentary and editorial cartoons provide resources for educators.

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.