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Getting Started with NIE

Getting Started

  • Use the newspaper in conjunction with our curriculum guides. All guides meet the Washington EALR requirements and aid in WASL preparation. For a complete list, go to curriculum guides.
  • Use one of our In-paper NIE curriculum. Our in-paper content includes Serial Stories and Kid Scoop NIE page.
  • Use the newspaper as a stand alone for reading current events. Teacher creates and directs own lesson plans.

Serial stories: Appear in the Tuesday edition of The Wenatchee World.
Serial Stories are a make-your-own book series. Guided reading questions are available to the teacher as well as a book folder for each student. The idea is to read the story as a class, answer the questions and then save all the chapters in the folder, so that in the end, the student has made the "book".

Kid Scoop: Kid Scoop is an award-winning NIE page which appears in the Thursday edition of The Wenatchee World.
Kid Scoop and The Wenatchee World combine to create a standards-based educational program that engages students and gets kids to exploring the newspaper and their world. This page is ready-to-go for you! Check out the NIE Lesson Library www.kidscoop.com.

Delivery and Management Tips

Newspapers are delivered to the school office in the early afternoon. Make sure the school secretary is aware of your order. A copy of the order will be sent to the school office and the teacher will receive confirmation of the order by e-mail. If you do not receive your order, check with the school office before contacting The Wenatchee World. Phone 663-5161 or e-mail nie@wenatcheeworld.com to get delivery issues resolved.

Preparation-Before your first day, familiarize yourself with the newspaper. Review The Wenatchee World before class as there may be items that you want to be prepared for, whether or not you choose to discuss them.

Handling Papers- Teach students the "start position" (folded in original form, face upon desk). Work with one section at a time. For very young students, cut the spine of the paper and use one page at a time. Have pre-moistened towelettes handy.

About the lesson- Allow students to browse through the newspaper for at least five minutes. Next, begin to familiarize your students with The Wenatchee World format. By reading headlines and learning where regular features are, they will be able to locate information quickly. Help students become efficient readers by surveying, skimming, scanning and summarizing. Discuss with students why newspaper reading is important. It chronicles our life and times, informs, interprets, analyzes, entertains and helps us to be smart consumers. The list of what a newspaper can do is as varied as you want to make it.

Be flexible. If you planned on using the comics for parts of speech, but your students are concerned about a news article, go with the fresh content, whenever possible. The comics will always be there, but that magic moment of eagerness to read may not. After the lesson, encourage homework with the newspaper and provide bulletin board space for clippings.