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FREE NIE Curriculum Guides:

Give Them the Keys - This guide is organized by units, so teachers can pick and choose what works in conjunction with their curriculum and students. Each unit includes several lessons that can be taught consecutively in two, three, four or five days, or used independently. Each lesson is specifically designed to include instructional objectives, applicable standards, a list of materials, an anticipatory set, instructional procedures, a formative assessment for each lesson within a unit and resources associated with that particular lesson, if applicable. Adaptations and accommodations for ELL students and those with special learning needs are provided, as well as summative assessment tools.(126 pages, modified, adapted and reprinted from a 2002 edition of "Give Them the Keys", NAA Foundation, 2011) ELL adaptations are included in the "lesson development" sections.

All Together Now - an activity guides that looks at the role the newspaper can play in developing children's literacy skills in a multicultural society. (37 pages - 12 lessons that reflect the national standards in many different content areas. Modifications for English Language Learners. Can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels. NAA Foundation, 2005)

Newspaper-based activities for pre-k through grade five support instruction in fluency, phonics, text comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Includes information for both teachers and parents.

140 newspaper-based activities address ESL needs, including sensitivity to diversity, immersion in American cultures and focus on vocabulary, idiom, sentence structure, rhetorical patterns, nuances and more.

Printable NIE Lessons and Activity Sheets:

100 Ways to Use the Newspaper: Bilingual English/Spanish Activity Cards Categories include newspaper knowledge, language arts, math, social studies, life skills, critical thinking, character education


The website, Vocabulary University, was created in May '97 with the idea that free puzzles with pleasing, interactive graphics would draw participants into learning vocabulary words at all levels. The site to go to is http://www.myvocabulary.com/