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What the NYNPA NIE Program has to support your NIE Program:

Young Voices of New YorkIntroducing a website designed to introduce young people to news reporting! Young Voices of New York is now accepting applications for contributors at

NEW! Celebrate International Literacy Day - (September 8, 2014) - The NYNPA program has created fourfeatures (4 columns x 8") to highlight International LiteracyDay and importance of reading.  These features can be used as stand alones or as a center pieces in a series of sponsorship pages to help acknowledge your newspaper's NIE supporters. Contact Mary Miller at to request these PDF files.

Law Day 2014 - (May 1) - The theme for Law Day 2014 set by the American Bar Association is"American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters"  In keeping with this year's theme, the NYNPA NIE program in partnership with the Law, Youth and Citizenship program of the NYS Bar Association has develop a seven part educational series to to prompt discussion about the importance of voting and the ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for all citizens of the United States. Complete with a 15 page teaching guide with graphic organizers this series is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes lessons easily adaptable for differentiated instruction.

Sunshine Week - March 16-22, 2014 - To help celebrate the principles of open government and freedom of information the NYNPA NIE program is offering a set of graphic organizers and links to other web resources. The webpage includes an editorial and commentary on the topic from Robert Freeman, Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government. For more about Sunshine Week go to

New York State Ag Literacy Week - March 17-21, 2014 - A 7-part series created to entertain and educate younger students (grades K-4) about New York State Agriculture in general and, in keeping with this year's theme based on the book "Who Grew My Soup." These free downloadable resources include an introduction to NYS Agriculture, three NYS Farmer Bios, a Fresh Vegetable Soup Recipe, a Vegetable Word Search, a "Souper" Veggie Crossword Puzzle and set of graphic organizers. For more about NYS Agriculture in the Classroom go to

Celebrate Black History Month (February 2014) and Women's History Month (March 2014) - selected profiles are African Americans and women who were featured in past editions of our award-winning series Famous New Yorkers.  Each 500 word profile is accompanied with a photograph/artwork of the person, a corresponding graphic organizer and an MP3 audio podcast! Profiles for 2014 Black History Month include: Solomon Northup-author of 12 Years a Slave (topic of a current Hollywood movie), Thomas Elkins- inventor, Mitchell Sabattis-Adirondack guide, Fats Waller-entertainer. Women History Month 2014 profiles include: Susan B. Anthony - women sufragist, Gertrude Ederle - swimmer, Grace Murray Hopper - computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral, and Shirley Chisholm - first black United States Congresswoman. Click on the above link to order this series for your NIE program today!

Read, Write, Listen, Speak, View and Learn

      Updated! Newspaper in Education Week is March 3-7, 2014. Every year, NIE Week presents newspapers with opportunities to serve teachers, parents and young readers in their communities. Teaching guides have encouraged a focus on informational text, current and relevant to the community served by the newspaper. Read, Write, Speak, Listen, View and Learn is a 12-page guide with 10 mini-lessons that invites teachers or parents to work with different sections of the newspaper and adapt activities to students’ needs and interests.  This guide was adapted from a 1994 publication, Read, Watch, Listen and Learn, written by Dr. Sherrye Dee Garrett, Tracy Love and James Saurbaugh, then of Lancaster (Pa.) Newspapers, Inc., and distributed by The NAA Foundation. This revised version was developed for NIE Week 2014 by Mary Miller and Sandra Cook. About this Guide is a 2-page supplement to Read, Write, Speak, Listen, View and Learn that outlines different approaches to using news content and aligning activities with Common Core State Standards. There is also a fillable-form PDF version of the 12-page guide for teachers or parents who would prefer to use it.


Famous New Yorkers XII - the newest edition of features, graphic organizers and audio pod casts highlight the lives and achivements of the following individuals: Harold Arlen, Edwin Binney, John Burroughs, Geraldine Ferraro, The Three Stooges - Morris, Samuel and Jerome Horwitz, Clarence "Fats" Jenkins,Mary Edmonia Lewis, Isabel Sanford, Gerrit Smith, Annie Edson Taylor, Edward B. Vreeland, William Almon Wheeler, and Walter Winchell.

New! Children’s author Artie Knapp is offering a free short stories, The Race For Space: Apollo 11, The Sweet Smelling Skunk, The Shell Shocked Turtle, and "Getting to Know Ronnie: A Story about Autism" to the NYNPA NIE Program for publication. There are no restrictions in using the text and illustration for this work, provided that credit is given to Artie Knapp as the author and photo credit or illustrator of each story.

Anti-Cyberbullying - a six-part series of features, audio podcasts and corresponding graphic organizers created with content from the Cyberbullying Research Center and reviewed by Operation Respect. This educational series was created to give students and readers a general understanding of what bullying and, more specifically, cyberbullying is and how it can affect those involved. It will also explores strategies for preventing it.

Going Green

        "Going Green: Newspapers as a Source for Greener Teaching" - The 12 lessons in this teaching guide are designed to be startingpoints for implementation of instruction to expand students’ knowledge of the use and abuse of the natural resources in the state of New York and elsewhere, and of efforts to meet the need for resource conservation and stewardship. These lessons employ the daily newspaper’s current and archival wealth as a source of information, investigation and source material for instruction. Each lesson is aligned to both the NYS Learning Standards and the new Common Core State Standards. This project was funded by the New York Newspapers Foundation, Copyright 2012, All rights reserved.

        Baseball Across New York - 10 features developed in partnership with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Although created for newspapers to use over the summer to keep young readers engaged, this series will appeal to old and young alike. There is a complete set of student worksheets/graphic organizers to make these materials easy to use in summer school or just for fun.

Understanding News Media - a 10-part series of features and corresponding graphic organizers, developed in partnership with Stony Brook University's Center for Media Literacy are complete. The New York State Reading Association has sponsored these materials making them free for all NYNPA member newspapers.

Where is the Lost Colony? - a six-chapter serial story written by Sandy Semans, Editor, Outer Banks Sentinel and made available by the North Caroline Press Foundation, NIE about the colonists who settled at Roanoke 400 years ago, on what became North Carolina’s Outer Banks!. This inspiring story about the early British colonists, their leaders and supporters will educate readers more about the nation’s history. Readers will feel John White’s anguish at having “lost” his family and learn what his original map shows about a recently-discovered fort planned for the area.

"Re-Thinking Thanksgiving: The Complete Story of an American Holiday"- a project created to help celebrate Native American Heritage Month (November). This 3-part series and graphic organizers was developed to help educate young and old alike about the differences between our Thanksgiving traditions and the historical reality, particularly from the Native American perspective. Written by Perry Ground.

Available from the American Press Institute:

The American Press Institute has updated their High Five curriculum, Introduction to News Literacy (PDF), to be a condensed and modernized version, offering three units of media literacy activities and lessons. Each unit takes about one or two weeks of class time and is intended for middle school and high school students.  You’re welcome to use as few or as many units as you wish. Click here to view the API webpage posting for NIE Week 2014.

In Development...

A one day lesson for use in print or online is being developed for International Literacy Day, September 8 and the finishing touches are currently being worked on for Famous New Yorkers XIII.

Announcing the individuals to be profiles in Famous New Yorkers XIII for the 2014-15 school year! Listed in alphabetical order are:

    • Gertrude Belle Elion (1918 –1999) – b. NYC an American biochemist and pharmacologist, and a 1988 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
    • Eugenie Besserer – 1868-1934 - silent movie star – starred with Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer, b. Watertown
    • Bessie Allison Buchanan – (1902-1980) – b. NYC – First African American woman elected to the New York State Legislature.
    • John Clum – (1851-1932) – b. Claverack, Columbia County - Newspaper Man and Indian affairs agent for US Government
    • Annette Joanne Funicello (1942 –2013) b. Utica,  was an American actress and singer, one of the “Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club
    • Seth Green – 1817-1879 - b. Rochester - started the first fish hatchery in the US
    • Edward Henry Harriman – 1848-1909 – b. Hempstead, NY.  Railroad executive, Harriman Alaska Expedition
    • George “Gabby” Hayes – (1885-1969) –b. Wellsville. Radio, film, and television actor. He was best known for his numerous appearances in Western films as the colorful sidekick to the leading man.
    • Othniel Charles Marsh (October 29, 1831 – March 18, 1899) an American paleontologist b. Lockport, NY.
    • Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (1919 – 2011) - born Albany - American radio and television writer. Part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011.
    • James McCune Smith (April 18, 1813 – November 17, 1865) b NYC - an American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author. He is the first African American to hold a medical degree and graduated at the top in his class at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was the first African American to run a pharmacy in the United States.
    • Gore Vidal – 1925-2012 – born West Point, author
    • Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner – 1871-1954 – b. Springville, Erie County.  Football player and coach, helped start the popular youth American football organization, Pop Warner Football.
Parental Involvement in Education using Newspapers

Please click on the EPIC logo to view or download the 35 parent tips (PDF format). These features were created to give Moms, Dads, Grandparents and other adults short and easy ideas to be more involved in a young child's educational development.

Sponsored by:

  • EPIC: Every Person Influences Children, Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC)

  • New York State PTA

  • WNED, ThinkBright


Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Materials

2009 marked the 400th anniversary of Hudson and Champlain's voyages along the river and lake that bear their names -- and the 200th anniversary of Fulton's successful steamboat voyage and establishment of steam commerce on the Hudson River.

In cooperation with the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Cultural Education Center, the NYNPA Newspaper In Education Program created a 10-part NIE educational series with extensive links to other educational materials and a teachers' guide. These materials will remain on our Web site as a continued resource for those interested in Hudson River and Champlain Valley History. More

Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Cultural Education Center

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