Yak’s Corner
A print and online children’s news magazine published once each month from September through May for Michigan kids ages 6-13. Each 12-page issue is filled with educational and entertaining stories about places, people and events in Michigan and around the world. The Yak’s Corner online page also includes “Yaktivities” for each issue, a Yak Art Gallery, student writing and more.

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UPDATED EVERY MONDAY - Online Extras to put the newspaper -- print, eEdition or web -- to work in your classroom

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Custom eEdition Lessons

Each week we post sets of activities for Grades 2-5, 6-8, and 9-12, specifically designed for use with the eEditions.

Record heat could spark intense wildfires in Australia

Answer FIVE Geography questions each week based on major news events.

Archive of Geography quizzes

Tap the wealth of information in your newspaper as a teaching tool:

Diversity, multiculturalism, worldwide events. You'll find plenty for classroom discussions in this listing of events.

Questions based on stories in your Detroit News to spark classroom discussions.

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Quiz Archive
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Classroom Caption Contest!
Win a book by creating a caption for this week's lesson

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Web brews up a 'war' on Christmas

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This week's word in the news: RESETTLEMENT

The transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind).

About 500 protesters, chanting slogans and carrying signs in the shadow of the State House, gathered Friday night to speak out against Governor Charlie Baker’s efforts to reconsider the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe -- 11/23/2015

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Through Core Curriculum: Using Print and Digital Newspapers, which is aligned with national learning standards, features a five-subject approach that takes advantage of the wide range of topics covered by newspapers. Topics include financial literacy, nutrition, the environment, character education and information technology. Lessons can be taught individually or as a unit. The guide provides an opportunity to teach critical thinking through subjects that will be vital to students' success as adults.

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Teaching Reading With Your e-Edition

Reading is the skill that will help students all through life. And more and more, reading electronically will be the skill most valuable of all. In 19 themed units written to state and national standards, "Teaching Reading With Your e-Edition" uses current events and pop culture to hold students' attention, while covering everything from reading and comprehension strategies, to critical thinking, to ways to build vocabulary. It offers activities that explore instruction techniques such as Read, Wonder and Learn and SQ3R, shows students how to effectively read for information and demonstrates the value of making predictions, sequencing and examining cause and effect. It covers such essential literacy building blocks as parts of speech, root words, signal words and grammar, but also teaches the value of reading for pleasure.

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Super Skills for eEditions

Over 100 ready-to-use, standards-based activities for building skills in technology, math, science, social studies and language arts.

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Developing Comprehension and Research Skills With the Newspaper


This teacher guide includes 15 lesson plans, each with a classroom activity that helps students develop comprehension and research skills through newspaper content.

Standards for the English Language Arts include:
1. Reading for comprehension
2. Evaluation strategies
3. Communication skills
4. Evaluating data
5. Applying language skills

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A Good Read

Celebrate International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 - and beyond - with "A Good Read." Newly revised and aligned to Common Core State Standards, this curriculum guide is designed to help middle- and high-school teachers incorporate research-based literacy strategies into existing curriculum while using the newspaper.

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Curriculum guides provided by American Press Institute

Citizens Together

"Citizens Together," revised and refreshed according to Common Core State Standards, integrates newspapers into study of the Bill of Rights. This curriculum guide for middle- and high-school students can be used for Constitution Day on Sept. 17, or at other times when teachers focus on the nation's founding documents and their significance today.

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Curriculum guides provided by American Press Institute

First Things First: Using the Newspaper to Teach the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment

Updated to include national learning standards and a uniform lesson-plan structure, this guide features one elementary activity, one middle-school activity and one high-school activity for each "freedom."

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Curriculum guides provided by American Press Institute