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Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature

Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature

Grade level: High school

Science fiction is a literature of imagination, of ideas and thought experiments, of “what if.” Setting a story in an unfamiliar environment allows authors to explore the potential consequences of political, social, technological and ecological change; of issues such as war, terrorism, climate change, pandemics and overpopulation; and the possible effects of these on individuals and society. Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature introduces students and teachers to this vibrant and diverse genre. This publication was produced in partnership with the Altrusa International of Tampa Bay Wilma B. Hogan Foundation, the Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the University of South Florida Humanities Institute.

This publication is not available in print.

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Click here to visit the writing contest website


Anatomy of the Tampa Bay Times

Anatomy of the Tampa Bay Times

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

This poster illustrates the different elements typically found on Page One and inside the Tampa Bay Times.

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Ancient Egypt: Art & Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur Pour L'Art

Ancient Egypt: Art & Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur Pour L'Art
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Grade levels: Middle and High school

This full-color teaching poster focuses on Ancient Egypt: Art and Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. This supplement, created in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, focuses on the exhibit of the same name that will be featured at the museum from December 17, 2011 through April 29, 2012. The activities and information provide a cross-curricular look at art and its relationship to history, science and Language Arts.

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At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal

At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Discrimination is defined as the unfair treatment of a person, racial group or minority based on prejudice. Decades of not treating people with equality and respect spawned the civil rights movement. The Civil War ended in 1865. Yet it took black Americans many decades and a long difficult fight to get what Abraham Lincoln had intended them to have: equality. This supplement, created in partnership with the Altrusa International of Tampa Bay Wilma B. Hogan Foundation, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the Florida Humanities Council, explores the larger issues of intolerance, prejudice, racism and stereotyping in the context of Tampa Bay's past and present.

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Click here for the Living History - Harlem Academy Times multimedia report
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Click here to visit the City of St. Petersburg African-American Heritage Project.


Black History
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Black History Month

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Black History Month is officially celebrated in the month of February. However, throughout history, in every month, generations of African Americans struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. The credible resources on this page will help teachers and students learn more about this rich history. Decades of not treating people with equality and respect spawned the civil rights movement. The Civil War ended in 1865. Yet it took black Americans many decades and a long difficult fight to get what Abraham Lincoln had intended them to have: equality. Learn more with the informational texts referenced.

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Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence

Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Abuse

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Dating violence is a serious problem in the United States. One in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence has substantial negative effects on the mental and physical health of young people, as well as on their school performance. This supplement, created in partnership with the Verizon Foundation, ABC Action News and six regional domestic violence agencies, focuses on helping preteens and teens gain the knowledge and learn the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships and protect themselves online and offline.

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Celebrate Freedom

Celebrate Freedom
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Grade levels: Middle and High school

What would Thomas Jefferson say if he could see the United States today? Each year, students in the state of Florida are expected to recite a key passage from the Declaration of Independence and to spend at least three hours in the classroom studying this important document. Celebrate Freedom carefully examines this key passage, helping students better understand its meaning and why it is still important to us today. Celebrate Freedom was created in partnership with The James Madison Institute.

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Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps
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Grade levels: Middle and High school

Maps are as old as language. Mapmakers communicate information with pictures that tell stories. For millennia, maps have shaped how we see the world, leading us to new places and ideas. Science, technology, culture, economics, politics, art, history – all of these can be found in maps. This publication, produced in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Humanities Council, is based on the exhibit of the same name that will be featured at the History Center from September 21, 2013 - February 16, 2014 and focuses on maps as informational text

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Visit the History Center's Map Resources page


Everglades

Everglades
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Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

The Florida Everglades was once a vibrant, free-flowing wetland, known as the River of Grass. It covered 4,000 square miles in Central and South Florida, stretching from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Florida Bay. Over the last century, drainage and development reduced the Everglades to half its size. Take a Journey through the Everglades in the pages of this NIE tab.

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Flight 2014: Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

Flight 2014: Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

Grade levels: Middle and High school

On Jan. 1, 1914, a small biplane piloted by aviation pioneer Tony Jannus lifted from the water in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., with one paying passenger. Twenty three minutes later, the plane landed in Tampa, Fla., launching the world’s first regularly scheduled commercial airline flight and flying into the annals of aviation history. Flight 2014 celebrates the centennial of Jannus’ historic flight and explores the history of aviation, the science and technology of flight, and the impact of aviation on our world.

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Floridians at War

Floridians and War

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Today’s students will become tomorrow’s voters and leaders, responsible for making decisions about when and how the United States should become involved in conflict or war. They must be prepared to understand the causes, history, geography, politics and consequences of conflict and war and how they relate to local, national and global issues in our increasingly interconnected world. While governmental institutions declare war, it is the average citizen who fights. This publication, sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Armed Forces History Museum, takes a look at war and conflict through the eyes of those who served in those wars and conflicts.

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Floridians at War

From The Scrub to The Twist

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Central Avenue has a special place in Tampa’s history, particularly for the African-American community, and the Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, located at 900 E. Scott St., is a place where generations can come together to share in that history, to learn and enjoy. Central Avenue was the heart and soul of a community flourishing with leadership, entrepreneurship, strength and courage. The area was settled after the Civil War, when freed slaves relocated to an area northeast of downtown Tampa called The Scrub. Over time, the neighborhood of The Scrub developed a vibrant business district, and became a cultural mecca of sorts for a number of black musicians. The area was booming, but began to decline with urban renewal and integration. This supplement, created in partnership with the City of Tampa, Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Humanities Council explores the rich cultural history from The Scrub to The Twist to Perry, Harvey, Sr. Park.

This publication can be used in conjunction with At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: Florida's Journey from Separate toward Equal.

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Learn more about Perry Harvey, Sr. Park
Tampa Bay History Center Central Avenue Contest page
Harlem Academy Multimedia Report from Tampa Bay Times
Chitlin' Circuit playlist on Spotify


High Five

High Five 2012: The Integrated Language Arts and Journalism Curriculum

Grade level: Middle school

The NAA Foundation, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, developed High Five in an effort to address concerns about student achievement. High Five provides an integrated, three-unit curriculum that includes reading, writing, journalism, grammar, linguistics and visual literacy. All materials are age-appropriate for middle-school students. The curriculum uses the daily newspaper as a textbook and information source. Each unit, aligned to Common Core State Standards, is designed to be used as a stand-alone piece.

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High Five

Interpreting photos as informational text

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

All Eyes Photo Blog


Keep it Real

Keep it Real
This publication is not available in print

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Informational text can be seen as a type of nonfiction. The characteristics of informational text are that it:

  • Conveys information about the natural or social world
  • Is written from someone who knows information to someone who doesn’t
  • Has specialized features such as headings and technical vocabulary.

The newspaper meets these specific characteristics. It is a logical resource for information about the natural, social and political world. This teacher guide is a perfect tool for using incorporating the newspaper in your classroom.

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Legoland

LEGOLAND: Everything Is Awesome

Grade level: Elementary school

This STEM-focused teaching poster, targeted to second and third grade students, features curriculum centered on LEGOLAND® Florida's eight educational programs. This publication was created in partnership with LEGOLAND® Florida.

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Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy (MS)

Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Lights On Tampa is a major cultural event that brings free, public access to light-based public art. This publication, created in partnership with the City of Tampa and Lights On Tampa, explores the art, science and technology of light by examining the artistic works making up Lights On Tampa 2015.

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Monet's London

Monet's London: (EMS-1)
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Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

In Jan., 2005, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg opened the much anticipated "Monet's London" exhibit, a remarkable collection of 150 works, including a dozen by French impressionist Claude Monet, focused on Industrial Age London and the Thames River. This beautiful color teaching poster is filled with educational activities students can try at school or at home.

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Newspaper Fun with Raymond!

Newspaper Fun with Raymond!

Grade level: Elementary school

This educational card series, created in partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays, features Rays mascot Raymond and is targeted to elementary school students in grades kindergarten through third. Use this set with the Tampa Bay Times for enrichment activities with small groups, for whole group instruction or to create reading center activities that best meet the needs of your students. For additional fun, send home a card for a parent/child activity.

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Newspapers in Your Life

Newspapers in Your Life

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

This curriculum, developed by the American Press Institute and the Newseum of Washington, DC, features six lessons focused on media literacy and aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Lesson plans incorporate existing Newseum resources into activities and student worksheets. Newspapers in Your Life is geared toward middle and high-school students, but includes extension activities for elementary students.

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Click here to download In the Newsroom unit
Click here to download Media Literacy unit
Click here to download Standards Alignment Chart (for all units)


Newspapers in Your Life

Opal & the Secret Code

Grade level: Elementary

Opal & the Secret Code tells the true story of Opal Fleming, who grew up deaf in 1930s Oklahoma. As a child, Opal was left at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf by her father, who cared for her but had no way to communicate with her. As she watched the other students in the school, Fleming realized that they communicated using a secret code, which she later learned was American Sign Language.

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Pathways to Understanding (MS)

Pathways to Understanding
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Grade levels: Middle and High school

Pathways to Understanding presents an overview of Muslim culture, busts some myths about Islam and Muslims, and explores the causes and consequences of Islamophobia, prejudice and discrimination. The goals of Pathways include fostering understanding of the immense diversity and depth of Muslim cultures around the world and promoting meaningful interactions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Tampa Bay. Pathways was created in partnership with Community Tampa Bay, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program.

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Visit the Pathways website


Reading with the Rays 2018

Grade levels: Elementary school

The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program our proud to present our 11th annual Reading with the Rays program. This year’s program, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, celebrates the 20th anniversary of your Tampa Bay Rays. Did you know The Devil Rays franchise was awarded in 1995, and the first game was played in March 1998? Learn about the Rays history in addition to participating in the annual Read your Way to the Ballpark summer reading program. The goals of the Reading with the Rays: Read your way to the ballpark program are to encourage children to read more and to visit the library regularly before they return to school this fall. Children in grades kindergarten through 12 can read around the bases and get some great Rays reading rewards. For more information about this summer reading program, go to tampabay.com/nie/raysreading. Participating counties include: Chartlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

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Leyendo con los Rays: Lee Jugando al Béisbol

Este año, puedes obtener tu copia de Leyendo con los Rays: Lee Jugando al Béisbol, en inglés o español. Puedes encontrar ambas publicaciones en tu biblioteca local y en el Tropicana Field. Maestros y consejeros de Campamentos de verano: si desean obtener copias de esta publicación para sus clases o programas de lectura de verano, envíen un correo electrónico a ordernie@tampabay.com.

Sitio web de Leyendo con los Rays: tampabay.com/nie/raysreading.

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See. Wonder. Connect. A Journey through the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl.

See. Wonder. Connect. A Journey through the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Grade levels: Middle and High school

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg has an encyclopedic collection of art from around the globe and across the centuries, with 4,500 years of civilization represented by thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present. Integrating arts education across the curriculum helps students to develop critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills. This supplement, created in partnership with the Museum, uses a selection of artwork from across the Museum’s collections to provide a cross-curricular look at art and its relationship to history, science and Language Arts.

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Click here to download additional See. Wonder. Connect. activities


Wicked Garden

Wicked Garden

Grade levels: Middle and High school

According to the 2012 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, almost one in ten Florida high school students has misused prescription pain relievers or prescription amphetamines. The FYSAS also reveals that the percentage of youth reporting prescription drug misuse/abuse jumps dramatically between middle and high school. Wicked Garden, created in partnership with the AMA Foundation and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, presents the facts and reveals the myths about prescription drug abuse/misuse and provides resources for educators, students and parents.

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Women's History
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Women's History

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. Women’s History Month began as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

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Zoo Story

Zoo Story
This publication is not available in print

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Originally printed over a series of Sundays in 2007, Zoo Story is a nine-part series that chronicles Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo through a period of massive expansion to become one of the best zoos in the country. Author Thomas French investigates the philosophy of a zoo, keeping captive endangered animals, and controversial breeding programs through life, death, and the paradox of freedom. This NIE publication includes lesson plans. Content alert: Some parents and teachers may find parts of Zoo Story too graphic for younger readers.

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