English Language Arts

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Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature

Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature
This publication is not available in print.

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.

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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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High Five

High Five 2012: The Integrated Language Arts and Journalism Curriculum
This publication is not available in print.

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


Journeys in Journalism: An Exploration of Photography

Journeys in Journalism: An Exploration of Photography

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

This publication explores the history of photography, examines the significance of photojournalism to news reportage, both historically and in the modern era of social media and citizen journalism, and investigate the various significances of photographs as works of art, historical documents, windows into society, marketing tools and propaganda. Readers will learn to critically examine, analyze and interpret photographs; to place photographs in their historical, social and political contexts; to recognize that images can be interpreted differently depending on a viewer’s point of view, life experiences and biases; to consider the different factors that should be considered when selecting images associated with a news event; and to appreciate the many factors that can make a photograph important artistically, journalistically and historically. This publication was produced in partnership with the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and the Pinellas County Schools Journeys in Journalism magnet program.

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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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NEA Big Read: An American Sunrise

NEA Big Read: An American Sunrise

Grade level: High school

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC) invites you to join us for a celebration of the NEA Big Read! Partners for this special project are the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc., Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, Hillsborough Community College’s Dr. Lydia R. Daniel Honors Program, the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education, and the Tampa Bay History Center. The 2021 NEA Big Read title is An American Sunrise by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. An American Sunrise is Harjo’s eighth collection of poems. Woven throughout are passages of prose written by Harjo, as well as excerpts, lyrics, and quotes from outside sources that help paint the complex backdrop to her poems and add a chorus of voices to the book. According to the NEA, “To open An American Sunrise is to be immersed in the power of nature, spirituality, memory, violence and the splintered history of America’s indigenous peoples.”

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NEA Big Read: The Things They Carried

NEA Big Read: The Things They Carried

Grade level: High school

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library and its partners – Friends of the Library of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education, Hillsborough County Department of Consumer and Veterans Services, Hillsborough Community College Department of Visual and Performing Arts Ybor City Campus and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – invite you to join us in the NEA Big Read celebration of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. First published in 1990, O’Brien’s novel is considered one of the most important books about the experience of war. As Neal Conan of National Public Radio notes, “In war, there are no winners. That’s what readers take away from Tim O’Brien’s book about the Vietnam War.” The Things They Carried is not just a story of war. It is an epic tale of the human spirit and is considered a classic piece of American literature, according to the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.

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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.

Click here to download Newspapers in Your Life unit
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)


Reading with the Rays 2022

Grade levels: Elementary school

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program our proud to present our 15th annual Reading with the Rays program. This year’s program, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, celebrates the theme Oceans of Possibilities. The theme was chosen by library professionals to help inspire readers of all ages to help inspire readers of all ages.

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