Curriculum Guides

  • Colonial Chores

    The KidsPost article, "The Good Old Days? Not Quite," and a research activity focus on the chores of children who contributed to the economic livelihood of colonial families. A vocabulary list, word find, crossword puzzle and "Word Study...A Look at Chore" are provided to develop vocabulary. Students are asked to write an essay or process paper. Enrichment activities and "Colonial Destinations" expand the study of colonial life.

  • INSIDE Journalism: The Editorial Page

    Whether you want to understand the editorial writing process at The Washington Post or for your own newspaper, "INSIDE Journalism: The Editorial Page" provides insight and how-to information. The annotated editorial page and Q and A with Robert Asher, a Post editorial writer, shed light on opinion writing at The Post. Use "How to Write an Editorial," "Building an Editorial," vocabulary and resource lists to help students write their own editorials.

  • INSIDE Journalism: Now You're in the Know

    The lessons in "INSIDE Journalism: Now You're in the Know," focus on the Monday through Friday sections of The Washington Post. "Blood Hounds 'Volunteer' Without Even a Bow-Ow," an article from the Health section, combines science, technology and a child's love for animals while introducing students to a business in Annapolis. "Inside the Post," a reproducible search of the sections, should lead to discussion of the organization of the Post and current events.

  • INSIDE Journalism: Editorial Cartoons

    Opinion can be expressed without the confines of language when presented in editorial cartoons. "INSIDE Journalism: Editorial Cartoons," takes a closer look at Herblock, Toles and the art of the visual commentator. Works of Herblock and Toles are reproduced for use in art, history or journalism classes. "Who Was Herblock?" and "Meet the Editorial Cartoonist" bring The Post's editorial cartoonists up front and close.

  • Career Choices

    An interview with White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is the stimulus to discuss career choices. In addition to Fleischer?s Q and A, "Meet the Press" and "The Press Secretary" give perspective on working at the White House. "Official Words" and "White House Terms" provide vocabulary. Students consider their interests as they complete "Classified: Jobs for Me." "Census Counts," a fact sheet provides data from the 2000 census to use with the worksheet "We Are in the Numbers." Other reproducibles and resources provide further study of employment.

  • INSIDE Journalism: The Sports Page

    "Shirley, One of the Best," sampling the spectrum of sports coverage in The Post from the early days of N.W. Baxter and Shirley Povich to today's editors and reporters, provides examples for your sports writers. In the KidsPost article, "Following the Bouncing Ball," sports reporter Steve Wyche takes readers courtside as he covers the Wizards and in "Meet the Sports Editor," Cindy Boren takes us behind the byline to get articles ready for publishing.

  • INSIDE Journalism: Composing Columns

    "INSIDE Journalism: Composing Columns" provides insight and how-to information to better express one's views, using the work of columnists as models. Finding one's voice is the underlying theme of the activities. Marc Fisher, one of many voices in the columns published in The Washington Post, explains the role of a newspaper columnist, tells about his writing process and shares a column written just for KidsPost. Reproducibles help students understand how to vary ledes in their columns and essays.

  • INSIDE Journalism: Keep the 'Ad'itude

    The business side of producing a newspaper is discussed in "INSIDE Journalism: Keep the 'Ad'itude." Students are asked to classify advertisements as display or classified and to critique their effectiveness as consumer communication and as works of art.

  • Is Capitalsaurus the Real Thing?

    After reading primary documents, students are asked to take a position on the Capitalsaurus. This lesson provides two KidsPost articles, a bill that makes the Capitalsaurus D.C.'s official dinosaur, and an excerpt from a type specimen list prepared by the National Museum of Natural History. Worksheet, crossword puzzle and a word study (dinosaur) are ready to reproduce. Resources and vocabulary are also included.

  • Triangle Fire

    Workplace conditions and safety, the role of immigrants in the American work force and the power of the vote to bring about change can be addressed through the activities in Triangle Fire. Excerpts from David Von Drehle's Triangle Fire are used in three exercises with reproducibles: "The Cutter's Art," "The Workplace at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" and "Tammany Hall and Workplace Safety Reform." Until 9-11-01, The Triangle Waist Company fire was the worst workplace disaster in New York history.

Pages