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Teaching Diversity with Your e-Edition

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Like the rest of the world, newspapers are changing the ways they deliver information. In addition to Web sites with text and other resources, newspapers now offer readers electronic editions that re-create the experience of reading the print paper with computer technology. These e-Editions are an excellent way to teach students the technology skills that will be important to jobs in the 21st century. They also are an excellent way to teach and reinforce skills in social studies and other academic areas. “Teaching Diversity with Your e-Edition” introduces students to the electronic features of e-Editions, while teaching them to understand and celebrate the diversity that gives our communities cultural richness. This 60-page guide will give students greater understanding of Women’s History, African American History, Hispanic History and Heritage, Irish History, Jewish History, Asian American History and Native American History. Its activities and activity sheets all are designed to keep your e-Edition on screen at all times, and all are written to state and national education standards. This 8.5 by 11 guide can be e-mailed to teachers as a pdf, offered as a pulldown on your e-Edition site, made available as a download or delivered on CD.

Sample Newspaper Activity
INFLUENCE OF IRISH AMERICANS: Irish Americans have made great contributions to their communities. And the e-Edition of the newspaper can teach a lot about their influence in business, politics, the arts and more. Alone or in teams, have students look through the stories, photos and ads in today’s e-Edition. Ask them to see how many examples of Irish American influence they can find. See if they can find a business with an Irish American name, a street named for an Irish American, a political leader of Irish American heritage, an Irish or Irish American entertainer, an Irish American teacher or education leader, a product with an Irish or Irish American name, an Irish American police or fire official and an Irish American newspaper reporter. Finish by having them write a paragraph summarizing what they learned about Irish Americans from this search.