of the World: The Story of Nellie Bly
Use This Guide
This guide is intended
for teachers and families to use as a supplement as
students read the NewsBook. The Nellie Bly NewsBook meets
as many as 27 of the educational goals
established by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The NewsBook can be
read any time during the 2005-2006 school year; it will
be delivered to teachers the first week of October 2005.
Although content and lessons offered in this
guide are not exhaustive, they do offer a comprehensive
range of learning.
The content of the NewsBook allows students to
examine historical perspectives representative of the time period of Nellie Bly's life. Through the adventures of Nellie Bly students
will learn about events that helped shape the world as we
know it. Students will examine the genre of biographical
material and the use of primary resources and document.
The NewsBook also serves as a vehicle of
information about many aspects of the newspaper, such as
occupations, terminology, the
writing process, the role of print media, and production.
We urge teachers, students and families to
retrieve and use the First Amendment Curriculum Guide, which illustrates the importance of our
nation's basic Constitutional right. This curriculum
guide can be helpful to social studies teachers as they
address several of the required New Jersey curriculum standards, especially Social Studies Standard 6.2 B -
Civics: American Values and Principles.
The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the
freedom to worship any religion, to speak their mind
without fear of punishment, to freely publish anything
they have created, to peacefully assemble in public, and
to petition the government for any reason. The content of
Chapter 3 of this Guide for Teachers, Students and
Families illustrates how important the First
Amendment is and always has been in the United States.
The suggested activities
are designed to encourage critical analysis and synthesis
of information. Critical thinking skills are promoted and
expressed through extensive writing exercises allowing
opportunities to assess and evaluate student-centered
The recommended activities can be modified,
adapted, and individualized by educators to serve their
curricular needs and student interests. A list of New Jersey curriculum standards illustrates how this NewsBook meets the
statewide educational objectives established by the New
Jersey Department of Education.
Each chapter of this guide includes a
"Questions for Students ..." section and a
section on "Exercises and Extended Activities."
For a list of the chapters of this guide, click
At the top of each chapter you will find two
sets of questions for students. One set ("About the
Story") asks for specific factual information and
literal meaning, and another ("Beyond the
Story") asks for reading comprehension skills and
The "Reporter's Notebook" offers
students some space to create their own notes about
information retrieved from outside sources such as a
newspaper or the Internet. Information the students
gather would serve as a factual basis for them to write a
news story or an editorial about the general themes
covered in each chapter. Click here to read a list of some of the general
themes covered in each chapter.
As you scroll down the page you will find
questions, information and recommended activities
designed to help the teacher and parent to go deeper into
the student's critical thinking work and creative
efforts. We particularly call your attention to the
"Daily Editorial Briefing," which provides
writing exercises related to the challenges Nellie is
facing in each chapter. The exercises begin with the easy
tasks a cub reporter might face and become increasingly
demanding, just as Nellie's own work became demanding
throughout her career.
The importance of connecting textual material
with the real world is a critical part of learning, and
we hope students will enjoy this way to bring the
classwork into your community, and vice-versa!
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