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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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Common Core State Standard
SL.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: An essay of a current news event is provided for discussion to encourage participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the article. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event within the news, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.

FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 06, 2012

User survey confirms Facebook's appeal as it nears big milepost: first stock sale

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Look for continuing commentary about Facebook's growth or other news involving it.
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Now try see if you can spot coverage or any other social media, such as Twitter, Foursquare or Pinterest.
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Point out a way that this newspaper uses social media to interact with readers. How does that benefit the paper and its web visitors?

The most-visited social media site is back in the news for a couple of reasons. Facebook released financial documents last week as it prepares for the first public sale of ownership shares. At the same time, new research suggests the site's popularity will last, rather than declining as users get bored.

Most attention is stirred by previously secret business data about the eight-year-old company's astounding size: Its 845 million global users upload 250 million photos a day and click "like" on posts about 2.7 billion times daily. Roughly 483 million users are active on the site at least once each day.

Facebook disclosed that it adds U.S. users at a slower rate than in other countries, indicating it already has attracted a high percentage of Americans interested in online networking. According to the new research study, longtime users typically don't show "Facebook fatigue." The respected Pew Research Center found no sign that veteran members get tired of posting pictures, relaying links, updating weekend plans or sharing random thoughts. Instead, the longer people have used the site, the more frequently they hit the "like" button, comment on friends' content, post status updates and tag friends in photos, shows the national survey of 2,255 adults. "For most people, the longer they are on Facebook, the more they do on Facebook,” says Keith Hampton, a Rutgers University professor who is the study's main author.

Founder says: "We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television. Today, our society has reached another tipping point." -- Mark Zuckerberg in letter with stock filing documents

Blogger says: "Zuckerberg has created an empire that he will continue to rule. This is not necessarily a bad thing. He is young, but he has already accomplished more than most of us will in our lives. He is the guiding force behind Facebook." -- Steven Davidoff, New York Times business blogger

New study shows: "The more Facebook friends users have, the more they perform every activity that we explored: friending, liking, private messages, commenting, posting, photo tagging, joining groups and poking." -- Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.

Front Page Talking Points is written by Alan Stamm for NIEonline.com, Copyright 2014
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Front Page Talking Points Archive

E-cigarettes spark discussions about health benefits and teen use

Safety campaign combats distracted driving with dramatic ad, new website and #justdrive tag

White House posts climate change details at new website as part of push for action

Even President Obama is caught up in the NCAA basketball tournament’s March Madness

‘Cosmos’ science series on TV aims to show how ‘we’re all connected’

Sweeping changes will make the SAT more relevant and useful, College Board says

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is Obama’s name for effort to help at-risk young men

This season of wicked weather brings above-normal ice coverage on all Great Lakes

Warm days make the last week of Olympic action in Russia seem like the Spring Games

Major drugstore chain will stop selling tobacco items as improper for a health retailer

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