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We've Got Letters

Notes of appreciation, missives of love, business letters and dispatches from the field. We write to communicate, document lives and record events that will later be studied by historians and quoted by reporters. “Dear Colleagues” letters are used to clarify and give guidelines to implement orders. These are the focus of We’ve Got Letters.

 

NIE Curriculum Guides

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, focuses attention on the role of federal and state governments, insurance companies, businesses and individuals in providing for health care, from preventive care to benefits of insurance coverage and the use of technology to enroll citizens. Students locate the facts, analyze the issues, study different stances, explore explanatory journalism and use a variety of media to express their points of view.

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.

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?

Trade is a two-way transaction in a community and in a global setting. Economic principles of supply and demand, cost and benefits, trade agreements and tariffs, transnational labor outsourcing and immigrant skills balance against government policies, technological developments and human wants and needs. The textile industry and cigar manufacturing highlight the complexity of decisions that businesses and consumers face.

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.