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Yak's Corner is an eight-page news magazine for kids ages 6-13 that's filled with stories about Michigan places, events and people. You'll also find news briefs from around the world in "Yakking About the News" and "Kids in the News" lets your students see how kids across the county are making news. "Your Page" is a weekly look at student art or writing, which is expanded in our online Yak Art Gallery and Yak Readers Write features. Each issue is written with the objective to engage young readers with informational text that is both educational and entertaining.
Yak’s Corner will be published on 30 Thursdays during the school year, which can be accessed in three ways.
- All editions will be available on e-editions of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News (click here to register).
- All editions will be available at www.yakscorner.com, along with our roundup of "Yaktivities" based on the content in that week's issue. "Yaktivities" include two pages of content quizzes, a vocabulary activity and a word search for students and a separate teacher's page that includes an answer sheet and discussion starter. And the teacher's page shows the correlations between the content in each issue with Common Core State Standards.
- Nine of the 30 issues will be offered in print, delivered at no cost to schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties (place your order here). Delivery dates are September 25, October 23, November 20, December 18, January 28, February 25, March 25, April 15 and May 21.
Need more reasons to add Yak's Corner to your elementary or middle school classroom? Read these comments from teachers and principals.
Download Yak's Corner and the Yaktivities worksheet here each week
Yak's Corner will be published on 30 Thursdays during the 2014-2015 school year, beginning September 11, 2014 and ending on May 21, 2015 delivered in print 9 times per year and available online 30 times. During this period Yak's Corner will not be published in print or online on these seven dates: November 27, December 25, January 1 & 8, February 19, and April 2 & 9.
2014-2015 "Yak's Corner Favorite Book Character Contest" for Grades K-6
Sponsored by Michigan K.I.D.S., Inc.
Yak's Corner, the weekly news magazine for grades K-6 produced and distributed by Michigan K.I.D.S., the Detroit Newspapers in Education (DNIE) nonprofit for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, annually invites Michigan students in Kindergarten through sixth grade to submit drawings of their favorite fictional book character and tell us why this is their favorite character. To encourage exploration of superior children's literature, drawings have to be based on a fictional character that is NOT originally from a television show or film. That means no SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora or Pokémon drawings!
Yak's Corner personnel select first- through fifth-place winners and honorable mentions for those grades with the most entries. Entries are judged initially on artwork merit (about 70 percent), then writing skill (about 30 percent). If drawings are judged to be equally well done, judges look at how well the entrant answered why a character was a favorite when selecting and ranking the winners.
First- through fifth-place winners receive Barnes & Noble Gift Cards in the amounts of $40, $30, $25, $15, and $10 respectively. All winners, including honorable mentions, receive letters of congratulation and Certificates of Excellence.
Each year, Yak's Corner features artwork by the first-place winners in the first March issue and may feature other winning artwork in other March issues in celebration of Reading Month. You can view issues online at www.yakscorner.com.
Certificates of Participation that may be personalized for each student who created an entry are also provided to requesting teachers. Additional certificates may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "Yak certificates needed" in the subject line.
On behalf of Yak's Corner personnel, please extend our thanks to the students who share their favorite fictional book character in pictures and words. Their artistry, creativity and ability to explain why they chose their character always makes it difficult to recognize the work of just a few students for special merit.
Although this is an annual fall contest, with winners selected in February of the following year, students are always encouraged to send artwork to Yak's Corner. We publish drawings during the school year in weekly issues of the Yak's Corner news magazine and in the online Yak Art Gallery. Students should draw on white, unlined 8-1/2 by 11 paper in bright colors. Students should print their first and last names, age and city only on the BACK of each drawing, along with a school or home number if needed to verify any information.
►Download the rules and entry form here