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Children's book authors share their writing experience to help students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing.

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Complete Sixth Grade
Sustainability Curriculum

Publix Super Markets, Inc. has joined efforts with FPES (Florida Press Educational Services) to bring this program to sixth grade students. This FREE NIE Program will show your sixth grade students how to become responsible members of the planet, and to respect all of the resources that it has to offer.

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Flip Chart for Interactive White Boards
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Teachers Guide


Lesson plans for use with the e-Edition on Interactive White Boards

Included are basic lessons for an Elementary, Middle and Secondary classroom that can be utilized to introduce Language Arts and Social Studies activities.

Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plan
Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson Plan
High School Social Studies Lesson Plan
Elementary Social Studies Lesson Plan
Elementary and Middle School Language Arts Lesson Plan

USA Weekend Teacher Guides

New Teacher's Guides are available every Monday, complete with monthly themes highlighted in a weekly lesson and a monthly activity sheet.

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For Grades 5-8 , week of Jan. 02, 2012

1. Oil Wars

A Canadian oil company wants to run a pipeline, called Keystone XL, from Canada to the state of Texas in the United States. Members of the U.S. Congress want to fast track the project as a way to create jobs, but environmental concerns have been raised about it. Environmental groups have protested against the project, citing concerns about such things as protection of the water aquifer underground. Problems with oil production in the European nation of Russia have been cited by the environmentalists as a cause of concern in the new debate. According to an Associated Press story, environmentalists estimate that 1 percent of Russia’s annual oil production is spilled every year. That’s about 5 million tons of crude oil. Find a newspaper article about America’s energy needs, oil production or alternative energy sources. Discuss the issues raised in the story as a class.

Core/National Standard: Building on others’ talk in conversations by linking students’ comments to the remarks of others.

2. New Year

Many people make New Year’s resolutions. Decide on one you would like to make and keep for yourself. Then find an ad that appeals to you in today's newspaper. Create a version of the ad to “promote” your resolution — and motivate you to keep it.

Core/National Standard: Demonstrating the ability to write clear and grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs and compositions.

3. Forcing Change

“America’s Toughest Sheriff” is in trouble. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona made a name for himself by being very tough on criminals. He formed tent jails, made inmates wear pink underwear and took away things like coffee and television. He also went after illegal immigrants aggressively. But now, the U.S. Justice Department has issued a report saying those efforts discriminated against Latinos and violated their civil rights. A lawsuit was filed against Sheriff Arpaio and his department in an attempt to change the way the sheriff’s department treats Latinos. Find a newspaper article about police in your community. What is the issue or event making news? Write a summary of the issue, and what you think will happen next.

Core/National Standard: Writing informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

4. Safe Education for All

Imagine going to school every day wondering if the doors door would be open, if someone would set fire to the building or if you would be injured or die because you want an education. That has been the life for many children living in the Asian nation of Afghanistan. Between January 2006 and December 2008, there were 1,153 attacks on educational facilities by terrorists, according to a new report. During that same period, almost 380 students, children and employees of the Ministry of Education were killed. Last month, rumors swirled that the Afghan government was making deals with the Taliban organization to decrease the attacks against schools. The government denied making any deals that would change the curriculum to be more conservative in return, or to employ Taliban-approved religious leaders, according to an AFP story. Yet human rights groups raised concern over the reports, and especially the impact Taliban control might have on girls going to school (the Taliban does not approve of girls getting an education). Find a newspaper story about the Taliban. Or find one online. Write an essay about the impact it has had on Afghanistan in the past and today.

Core/National Standard: Writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information.

5. I Love Rock and Roll

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was started to honor top musical artists. But women have not been honored nearly as much as men. The Hall of Fame inducted its first woman, the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, on January 3, 1987. But since then, only 13 female solo artists have been inducted. The 14th woman, Laura Nyro, will be inducted in April. There are a variety of reasons women haven’t had as many nominations. First, an artist must have released his or her first album 25 years prior to being inducted. Second, not many women were solo artists in the early 1960s, the era whose artists were the first eligible for the Hall of Fame. Search your newspaper’s entertainment or music section. Find a woman musician who is making a mark on popular music. Use what you find and other resources to write a brief biography of her. Give your biography a title that reflects the woman’s contributions to music.

Core/National Standard: Writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information.