Viewing, Reading, Listening,
Note Taking and Writing Skills
can be enhanced by using mass media and the resources of Newsday.
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N.I.E.  Multimedia Program will post a lesson
every Tuesday designed to improve E.L.A. skills.
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Lesson #5In-service Course
Ben Amato | Newfield HIgh School
There is something for everyone in the daily newspaper. Newspapers try to appeal to a wide audience, so they offer diversity in
their stories and features. This offers educators many opportunities to use the newspaper in the classroom, to cover the many
subjects and disciplines we daily teach. A current movement in the educational field is toward an Interdisciplinary approach to
learning. The daily newspaper and nightly news can be the tool we use to "soup up" our nation's curriculum and re-energize our
students.
Relevance is the key. Students need to see the connection between what they learn out of textbooks and what they see in the real
world. The articles and stories in the pages of our newspapers can offer students a visual link between what they are being taught
and what they need to know in the real world.

The theme for this week's lesson is CONNECTING and the tasks assigned this week are very simple yet illuminating. Just as the
newspaper covers a world of topics and events, the nightly news also offers a broad range of stories. Many of these stories have a
place in our schools, but in many different classrooms. Some appeal to science, others to global studies, while other stories have
a place in English classes. The major factor in selecting a story to enhance a lesson or unit is whether it can connect the academic
lessons covered in the classroom with some aspect of this lesson in the real world.

The N.I.E. Multimedia lesson this week is on the trial and acquittal of millionaire Robert Durst. The link to this story is
http://www.newsday.com/about/custom/nie/ny-lesson_111203.story.

This story "fits like a glove (O.J.'s)" into a criminal justice curriculum or in a social studies classroom. It also works well with English,
for it can be connected with short stories or novels that focus upon "crime and punishment." The WB11 video that corresponds to
the Durst story is even better, for extra details are provided about the limits on evidence allowed into court.

This is only one of the dozens of stories and features that the WB11 News at Ten and Newsday present daily. Many of these can
enhance our classrooms and connect student learning with the real world. Move on to the Lesson #5 Assignment page and
discover the wealth that appears daily in our newspapers and television shows.