Curriculum Guides

  • The Comics — Funny and Serious Business

    They entertain, educate and provoke you. An American art form, ranging from panels to continuity strips, comics provide storytelling and self-expression. A crossword puzzle, activity sheets and the works of Herblock, Tom Toles and Ann Telnaes are in this guide. Work on symbolism, syndication and freedom of expression add depth the study of comics.

  • The Sunday Washington Post

    Reading the Sunday Washington Post expands horizons, informs and provides educators with material to use in every classroom. Highlights and activities in this guide cover each section of the Sunday Post. They include the ethics of decisions made in selecting photographs for publication, using Dr. Gridlock’s tips, exploring the business side of the Olympics and writing for different audiences.

  • Family Stories

    The family stories that are passed from one generation to the next, those that are created within a family and those that are shared with a wider readership entertain, inform and educate. Activities in this guide provide approaches for collecting, composing and comprehending personal narratives. Two reprinted First Person Singular narratives capture the voices of their subjects and serve as models for young writers seeking family stories.

  • Get an Ad-Vantage

    Advertisements highlight products, services and a corporation’s community involvement. Readers learn about the latest styles, sales and social issues. Suggested activities in this guide introduce the different types and purposes of ads and provide resources to evaluate, write and design ads. Legal and public notices provide a glimpse of economic and social conditions in a society. In Meet the Ad Manager, Carolyn Monroe provides insight into another career option.

  • Let's Move

    The national initiative to combat childhood obesity is the catalyst for articles and activities in this guide. News coverage of the kick-off and subsequent actions provides the public with information to evaluate the decisions of officials, to educate about health and nutrition, and to change behavior. Teachers will find activities in which comparsion and contrast can be used for before-and-after evaluation, style analysis and media assessment.

  • Environmental Disaster

    The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20 has been described as the “greatest environmental disaster” in American history.

  • More Than Today’s News

    The newspaper provides more than today’s news. It is the source of opinion, analysis and suggestions for daily living. Activities in this guide focus on photographic composition, the FED PAGE, guest commentary, incorporating history into news coverage, and finding the local angle in national and world issues. The articles in the guide provide points of discussion and models for student composition.

  • Civil War 150

    As the United States commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, reflection on the causes and consequences, people and events involved, and impact on culture, technology, economy, and legal and social dimensions of the nation takes place. In addition to selected reprints from The Washington Post, this guide provides resources, vocabulary, study questions and a wide variety of suggested activities: a Lincoln quiz, personality and technology research projects, and a business-related advertising study.

  • Third Parties, Political Movements and Interest Groups

    Third parties, interest groups and political movements add to the debate of issues, influence policy decisions and reflect the attitudes of citizens. This guide provides activities to examine their role and the impact of the Tea Party movement, interest group funding and the media itself on the 2010 campaigns and elections. Suggested activities incorporate Post news coverage, commentaries, editorial cartoons and graphics. Students are also guided to create a third party.

  • Insects That Bug Us

    Study of arthropods and recent insect infestations has many interdisciplinary expressions. Beginning with observation and research, students may engage in scientific and journalistic writing and the creation of field guides, wanted posters and display cases. Post article reprints focus on bedbugs, stink bugs, beetles, borers and ants.