This school year, The New York Times is offering a free, flexible, seven-unit writing curriculum based on real-world genres found not just in The Times, but in all kinds of print and online sources. Woven into each unit are multiple opportunities for students to publish and have their writing read by authentic audiences. Each unit includes writing prompts to help students try out related skills, daily opportunities to practice writing for an authentic audience, guided practice with Mentor Texts, teaching ideas and webinars, and a contest that can serve as a culminating project. To support this year’s contest, The Times is publishing a mentor text-guided practice series that shows how Times journalists write about literature, history, science, and the arts by doing this same kind of contextualizing that helps readers see the relevance of a topic in their lives today. The following units will be offered throughout the 2019–2020 school year: “The Personal Narrative Essay” (September/October), “The Review” (October/November), “Analysis and Connection Making” (December/January), “Informational Writing” (January/February), “Argumentative Writing” (February/March), “Multi-Genre Writing” (April/May), “Independent Reading and Writing” (June–August).
Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.
Before the recent inauguration, then Vice-President Elect Pence accused the news media of being biased. As the media and Washington seem to be careening out of control, our students and their families are becoming more confused about navigating news.
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality.