You can get lesson plans based on the daily Post edition; the Newspaper in Education classroom resource features curriculum guides and other materials to help teach subjects ranging from health to politics. Educators who are not part of the program can still access most of the resources.
Many guides tie into the Post's coverage of major historical events like the Civil War. An exercise involving letters to the editor can help kids learn to constructively express opinions. Some activities focus on news coverage and encourage kids to search for the number of articles on a topic, find facts in articles, and write a summary of an article lead. Teachers can also encourage students to submit original artwork, including photos, projects on news clippings, and other creative items.Continue reading Show less
KidsPost is an online newspaper for kids. Part of the Washington Post's website, it's written for readers in approximately second to seventh grade and appears in the paper from Sunday to Thursday.
It features a few quiz- and puzzle-type activities on topics like nutrition and finance, plus articles designed for younger readers. Its news is a mix of random topics; not necessarily pressing global issues, but subject matter like how dolphins solve problems and anniversaries of key historical events. Headlines like "Bats Are in Danger, and Kids Can Help Save Them" emphasize the readership's role. Book recommendations for younger readers are also included.Continue reading Show less
Much of the content is good; articles are generally well-written, and many include links to extra content like fact lists on the topic. However, the site sometimes misses out on opportunities to make its content more dynamic and interactive. An article on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, for example, doesn't include an audio, video, or text version of the speech. Washington Post subscription ads appear way too frequently on the site; they pop up before articles, on page corners, as videos embedded in the page. It's also easy to click out of KidsPost and enter the main site; some recommended links lead to regular Post sections, which may or may not be kid-appropriate. Browser issues can also be frustrating. Recommended Safari and Chrome versions cause some pages to default to the Post's site, and KidsPost archives also don't seem to always function properly.
Still, there's some salvageable content. Kids won't find much direct help with news analysis or news writing. But teachers can use the supplementary lesson plans and activities to enhance learning, and the articles can be used to help kids practice reading.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.4.4||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
|RF.4.4a||Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.|
|RF.5.4||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
|RF.5.4a||Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.|
|RI.4: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity|
|RI.4.10||By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.|
|RI.5: Craft and Structure|
|RI.5.5||Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.|
|Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity|
|RI.5.10||By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.|
|RI.6: Craft and Structure|
|RI.6.6||Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.|
|Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.6.7||Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.|
|Key Ideas and Details|
|RI.6.3||Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).|