The Times-News Newspaper in Education program provides print and electronic replica editions (e-editions) of the newspaper at a reduced rate for use in Alamance County (N.C.) area classrooms. Teachers from elementary to high school use the newspaper as a tool for increasing test scores, improving reading comprehension skills, and helping students experience history as it happens.
Becoming the Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters’ many fans know the basketball team for their funny antics and amazing tricks, but might not know how this team got its start way back in 1926. The Mini Page bounces through the barnstorming team’s rough beginnings and talks with a current Globetrotter about the players’ outreach in the cities where they appear.
What’s New in Climate Change
Last year was one of the hottest the Earth has ever seen, and scientists expect global temperatures to keep rising. Experts expect that by 2020, there could be 50 million refugees seeking new homes because of the changing environment. The Mini Page talked with experts from the National Resources Defense Council to learn more about changes already happening and how people are adapting.
When a nuclear-powered satellite owned by Russia broke apart over Canada in the late 1970s, international space law helped figure out compensation. What would happen if a country claimed the moon as a military base? What if a private company decides it wants to mine the same asteroid as another company? The Mini Page talked with a space law professor to learn more about this brand-new field that could be wide open for today’s kids, just in time for them to grow up.
It’s Supercali … Well, You Know
Fifty years ago, Walt Disney blew audiences away with the film “Mary Poppins.” The movie broke new ground with its combination of live action and animation. The Mini Page looks at some of the creative breakthroughs that made “Mary Poppins” so significant in movie history.
Making Beautiful Music
In recognition of Music in Our Schools Month, The Mini Page outlines the instruments of a symphony orchestra with help from experts at the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
DARE for Kids
More than 75 percent of school districts across the United States, and others in more than 40 countries, participate in the D.A.R.E. program with local police departments and sheriff’s offices. The Mini Page takes a look at this 30-year-old program and meets a D.A.R.E. officer to learn more about how the program is used in schools.
Meet the 2014 Book Award Winners
The Mini Page interviews Kate DiCamillo, who won the Newbery Medal for “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” and Brian Floca, Caldecott Medal winner for “Locomotive.”
Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!
The Mini Page talked with the education specialist at the Folger Shakespeare Library to learn more about Shakespeare’s childhood and his entry onto the stage.
NEW! “Mini Page” Quiz, aligned with Common Core
The NC Press Foundation provides a weekly quiz you can use with the “Mini Page.” It is aligned with the Common Core. Download it here each week (archived copies of the quiz also available). http://ncpressfoundation.org/how-news-connects