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Where in the World Is Cuba?

As normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba has begun, flags have been raised over embassies, officials have engaged in talks, and accords have been signed. This guide provides opportunities to discuss and study government policy formation and international relations; preservation methods, partnerships and accords; journalistic integrity and historic legacy; Cuba’s ethnic, religious and cultural expression; and environmental diversity. 

NIE Curriculum Guides

Media informs the public of events and situations that occur at home and around the globe. Couched within the news and features are problems to be solved and opportunities for adults and children to make a difference.

Each Sunday The Washington Post Magazine informs, entertains and provides new perspectives and approaches to better living. This may be found in solitary activities such as reading the columns, absorbing features and doing the crossword puzzle. Or in shared experiences such as laughing with Gene Weingarten, trying a recipe or going out to a recommended restaurant or event. Whether tied to a news peg or an evergreen theme, the content excels in strong human interest.

The visit of Pope Francis draws us to media coverage of religion and faith. From KidsPost articles to editorials and commentary, students read of local, national and international religious events, celebrations, rites and conflicts. Students are asked to do a crossword puzzle, prepare graphics, research and write.

Debate trains students to look at all sides of an issue, to examine complex ideas and to develop oral, research and critical thinking skills. Debate is intrinsic to American culture, from debating societies to Lincoln-Douglas debates and televised debates of candidates for president. Activities in this guide include a Socratic seminar, analysis of a televised debate and an in-class debate. The Washington Post provides resources to use with the suggested activities — a Tom Toles editorial cartoon, guest commentary, movie review and two articles covering Campaign 2008.

Juvenile Justice 2016

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.