Common Core Lesson Plans
Boston Globe News in Education lesson plans are designed to help K-12 teachers incorporate content from the Globe and other news sites into classroom instruction. All lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Some include supplemental materials that are downloadable along with the lesson plan.
Articles from the Boston Globe archives that are referenced in the lesson plans require a subscription to BostonGlobe.com.
We are grateful to the following Social Studies teachers from the Boston Public Schools who developed the template and initial lesson plans for the Boston Globe NIE program:
- Sonya Brown, Boston Arts Academy, Fenway
- Janice Hanrahan, Mary Lyon School, Brighton
- Natasha Huggins, New Mission High School, Hyde Park
- José Valenzuela, TechBoston Academy, Dorchester
- Wendy Welch, Dearborn Middle School, Roxbury
This page also contains new mini-lessons called “Current Events Snapshots.” Unlike the full lesson plans that require one or more class sessions, these shorter activities can be used to introduce a lesson or give students an overview of a current event using Boston Globe content.
Other lessons for students in kindergarten through grade 12 are available here
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Social Studies / Civics
Gentrification: Town Hall Debate
Analyzing Details Handout (From ODELL Education)
Guiding Questions Handout (From ODELL Education)
Questioning Text Handout (From ODELL Education)
In this lesson, students will use the close read strategy and articles from the Boston Globe to simulate a town hall debate to discuss the impact of gentrification on city neighborhoods.
Close Reading,Analyzing Details,Summarizing,Guided Questions,Point of View
60 - 90 minutes
Social Studies / Civics
The George Zimmerman Trial: Was Justice Served?
Criminal Justice System Terms
Pro/Con Debate Worksheet
Zimmerman Trial Pro/Con Articles
“Where I Stand” Homework Assignment
“Debate Procedures and Scoring” Sheet
Students get a basic overview of the U.S. criminal justice system. They read and analyze articles on the George Zimmerman trial and construct their own arguments as to whether or not the outcome was just.
Cooperative Learning,Debate,Analytical Writing
Humanities / ELA / History
Finding Strength After Tragedy: Remembering the Bombings at the Boston Marathon
Finding Strength After Tragedy PowerPoint
Found Poem Assignment
Six Word Memoir Assignment
Original Poem Assignment
Students will reflect on the events of the Boston Marathon bombings by reading articles and analyzing images in order to create original pieces of writing, including a found poem, a six-word memoir and an original poem. The supplemental PowerPoint includes questions for discussion, allowing students to make connections between their own experiences and the events they will be reading and writing about.
Document-Based Questions (DBQ),Text and Image analysis,Creative Writing
English Language Arts
Anatomy of a News Article
Boston Globe article: “City seizes control of historic farm in Mattapan”
Handout: “5 Ws and H” / Critical Reading
Handout: Inverted Pyramid
This lesson will introduce students to the structure of a news article. The lesson will emphasize key journalistic terms, such as lead and byline. The lesson will teach students how to identify the most important details and information in a news story, focusing on the key journalistic questions: who, what, where, when, why and how?
Social Studies / World History II
Obituaries from the French Revolution
Benazir Bhutto Obituary
French Revolution Obituary Rubric
French Revolution Obituary Graphic Organizer
French Revolution Obituary Outline
French Revolution Obituary Research Guide
Students will research major figures of the French Revolution and write obituaries that highlight how they influenced the people of France and the Revolution itself, as well as the legacy they left behind. Students are encouraged to use their creativity and research to write clear, interesting and accurate obituaries for people like Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, Maret and Robespierre.