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Welcome to The News-Star's Newspaper in Education site!

Add The News-Star to your classroom curriculum! Our Newspaper in Education web site will enrich your existing lessons, enliven classroom discussions and develop lifelong reading habits for your students.

The News-Star is your local news source, offering daily updates on the relevant information you and your students need to understand our rapidly changing world. Our coverage of local, state, and federal governments helps young people see how the democratic process affects them on a personal level. We provide students with the thought-provoking materials that inform, inspire and move them to participate in the world around them.

Through our NIE website, you can enjoy our database of newspaper-based Lesson Plans for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, offered free to the educational community, as well as our weekly Geography-in-the-News lesson, "This Week in History" and "Front Page Talking Points."

In these activities, students are encouraged to discuss, engage and relate the news to their own lives. The lesson plans tie current events to lessons of history, government and sciences, sending students into the articles and regular features of the printed or online newspapers. Our lesson plans, customized by grade level, are updated every Monday.

Electronic edition newspapers are available daily by teacher request. Contact Hugh Posey,, to sign up today!

Online Extras (Updated every Monday)

Resources to help you put The News Star to work in your classroom


Download a lesson based on political cartoons and print it out for use in your classroom. (PDF format)

This week's lesson: Climate warnings grow more dire

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There are more than 180 lessons archived for your use


Daily Science Webcasts

Narwhals - Evolution

The narwhal, with its inside-out, eight-foot long tooth, doesn't just look odd; it is a genuine evolutionary anomaly.
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-- Apr 23, 2014

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.

‘Boston Strong’ spirit and strict security mark Monday marathon, shadowed by 2013 blasts

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive

NIE Special Report

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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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This week's word in the news: STATUTE

A written law passed by a legislative body.

Why Hernandez, mayor of Miami-Dade County’s second-largest city, can’t be charged with violating Florida’s loan-sharking laws is clear: The statute of limitations — one year — ran out long ago.
The Miami Herald -- 04/21/2014

Uranium workers dying after working Namibia mine, report warns

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

Archive of Geography quizzes

Why Isn't The K.C. Shooting Suspect A 'Terrorist?'

Discussion prompts & video archive.

National Wildlife Week
March 17th - 23rd

The following resources and activities from National Wildlife Federation, its Affiliates and Partners are designed for educators to teach about the connections between water and the shared need of people and wildlife for clean water. Learn about wildlife in the U.S. with and fun and informative lessons and activities you can do with your students.

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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.

Click here to download guides from USA Weekend

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