Curriculum Guides

  • 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.

  • Our First Families

    Our First Families is the first of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment of the history of the Washington area. The era of the Algonquian-speaking people who settled on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers before 1400 is studied through a Q and A, developed with Post editor and writer Fred Barbash, watercolors and engravings of the late 1500s and the work of Post artist Patterson Clark. A timeline, map of the area in 1600, and "Mamonotowick, Weroances and the People" can be used for cross-disciplinary activities.

  • Hogs Wild/First Towns

    First Towns, second of nine once-a-month guides that feature an illustrated segment of the history of the Washington area, focuses on European exploration and settlement along the Potomac River. Resources are provided to research explorations of North America, 1600 - 1750, or for younger students to do a word find. The illustration, map and Q&A focus on the first European settlements in this D.C. area: Alexandria, Georgetown and Bladensburg.

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