Curriculum Guides

  • Presidential Legacy and Language

    The Constitution provides the framework for the inauguration of a president, but the individual adds his own mark on the ceremony, expresses his philosophy in his address and begins his legacy that may impact the lives of future generations and the character of American society. In this NIE guide, teachers will find resources and worksheets to guide annotation of past presidents’ and Obama’s 2009 addresses, to report on Inauguration Day, to study Lincoln’s legacy and to test one’s knowledge of past inaugurations.

  • Leadership in the First 100 Days and Beyond

    In a democracy, the president and his appointed officials provide leadership, set policies, give direction and carry out initiatives for the common good. The First 100 Days of an administration are examined, especially in the times of economic crises and war, for evidence of success in addressing public need, in laying the foundation for policies and communicating with Congress and the public. Activities and resources in this guide cover the executive branch.

  • On the Brink — Threatened and Endangered Species

    As illustrated in On the Brink found in this guide, the Washington region has its share of endangered and threatened species. Current Post coverage, activities and resources for further examination are provided. Suggested activities include personal, state and government involvement. Case studies ask students to focus on the different points of view and policies influencing species on the brink

  • Atwitter Over Social Networking — Its Uses and Abuses

    Ethical, legal, business, cultural and societal issues related to using social networking technology are covered in this guide. Post articles and suggested activities cover a variety of social networking topics — blogs and micro-blogs, digital gaming and netiquette, benefactors and imposters, texting and sexting, and personal and business communication. Internet safety and test-taking practice are combined in “You and Gaming” for younger students.

  • Mexico Faces Challenges

    Mexico, a country with a rich cultural heritage and history, remains closely tied to the U.S. Lessons in economics, global health provisions and international policy are provided as Mexico confronts the epidemics of drug trafficking, violence and the A/H1N1 virus. For journalism teachers, the coverage of these issues by The Post provides lessons in depth reporting and breaking news coverage.

  • Something for Summer

    Learning does not take a break in summer. Find physics at a baseball game, swimming pool or amusement park. Take a Road Trip to lighthouses, find a fossil or count dragonflies. Many of The Post articles serve as models for writing assignments. Write about people, summer icons and group activity. 

  • The Sea — Rich and Strange

    The sea is a place of solitary joy and stormy waters, maker of mayhem and source of mystery, a haven and home to plants and animals. In “The Sea — Rich and Strange” changes are reported in Post articles, editorial and graphics. Science, art, home economics and economics lessons include study questions, a herbarium mount, a cake to bake and maps to explore. Concerns about sustainability, environmental impact, scarcity, and supply and demand impact the debate between livelihood and protecting the natural environment of the sea.

  • The e-Replica Guide: Making the Digital Connection Between Your Students and The Post

    This online guide is composed of previous and new activities for incorporating the Washington Post e-Replica Edition into the classroom. An exact digital copy of the newspaper accessed online with a password, the e-Replica may be read at school, at home, wherever there is an Internet connection. The activities in this collection apply to many disciplines. In addition to the reading, writing, mathematics and critical thinking skills that are exercised using The Washington Post, the e-Replica Edition utilizes technology and electronic information gathering skills.

  • History & Herblock

    Editorial cartoonists provide a visual commentary on the current events, policies and issues that confront government officials and citizens. They provide an engaging means to study American history, allusions and personification, and art techniques. This guide features 16 of Herblock’s more than 14,000 cartoons for study in history, art, journalism and English classes — and by all who engage in civic discourse. Current events and history influenced the work of Herblock; he also exercised an influence on events as they unfolded.

  • Facing Altered Lives and Futures

    The economic condition of the U.S. can be told in economic indicators and government reports. It is also revealed in the personal stories of the public and in their faces. Washington Post stories provide activities in reading charts, using data and maps, and investigating the impact of the stimulus package on students’ communities. Students will do a close reading of Anne Hull’s feature to reveal the writer’s craft. They will examine Michael Williamson’s photographs to explore storytelling in light and dark