Every school day The New York Times Learning Network invites teenagers to share their opinions about questions on topics from reality television to the justice system, and hundreds post arguments, reflections, and anecdotes to The Learning Network’s Student Opinion feature. Now, for the fifth consecutive year, The Learning Network is inviting students to channel that enthusiasm into something a little more formal: short, evidence-based persuasive essays. Participants simply choose a topic they care about, gather evidence from sources both within and outside The Times, and write a concise editorial (450 words or less) to convince readers of their view. Because editorial writing at newspapers is a collaborative process, students may write their entry as a team effort. They may also choose to write their editorial on their own. The judges will use a rubric (PDF) for selecting winners to publish on The Learning Network’s webpage.
Deadline: April 5, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (ET), for submission of editorial entries
The K–3 STEM Foundations project is developing NGSS-aligned curriculum units for K–3 students that connect science concepts and guided inquiry activities to reading/language arts, as well as health and wellness. The units are designed for use during class time or after school.
The Scratch team in the MIT Media Lab is gearing up to release a new version of Scratch designed to work on mobile devices. The team is also working on a way to integrate the physical world with Scratch using what they’re currently calling a “Scratch Pad.”
A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, titled simply Americans, shows how all aspects of contemporary American life have been touched by the history and symbols of native culture. American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life.