What's New


With one foot in Europe and the other one in Asia, Turkey straddles ancient cultures and contemporary aspirations. With some citizens and leaders looking to a future of free expression, globalization and regional leadership, others view its traditions, heritage and rules with fervor. These contrasting views make Turkey a complex and dynamic country in the headlines, behind boardroom doors and on the world stage. Activities focus on its ancient civilizations, refugee settlements, and role in investigating the murder of Post contributing commentator Jamal Khashoggi.


NIE Curriculum Guides

One hundred years after the first proposal for a museum focusing on the African American contribution to America, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its door to the public. Suggested activities include visual exploration, writing and research, completing a crossword puzzle and examing artifacts.

Students are encouraged to observe their environment as artists, scientists and consumers. Articles, commentary, weather data and editorial cartoons address threatened and endangered animals, energy sources, environmental policy and climate change. Several approaches and resources are provided for further research and observation.

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.

To better understand the individuals who held the office and their presidential leadership, The Washington Post created Presidential, a podcast series of 44 segments. Post NIE activities are provided to focus on the presidents’ background and influences on them, approaches to tough decisions and unexpected challenges, and personal traits that helped or hurt their success as president of the United States.

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.