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September 9, 2013

Constitution Day teacher materials ready

Most schools have a federal mandate to teach about the Constitution each year. As always, Constitution Day is Sept. 17. The following materials can be downloaded by our NIE teachers: We the People (http:// w w w. n i e t e a c h e r . o r g / n i e 2 / _Social_Studies-Govt/ _WeThePeopleUnit1.pdf) is a twounit tabloid supplement from the Civic Educations popular We The People curriculum. It helps schools meet the federal requirement that every school study the Constitution on Constitution Day. Also try the Constitution scavenger hunt. Celebrate Constitution Day (http://www.nieteacher.org/nie2/ _Social_Studies-Govt/ constitution_day.pdf) is a 16-page supplement from the Bill of Rights Institute. Among other topics, it explains how a bill becomes law and describes the Bill of Rights and why it was added to the Constitution. Citizens Together: You and Your Newspaper (http:// w w w. n i e t e a c h e r . o r g / n i e 2 / _Social_Studies-Govt/ CitizensTogether.pdf) is a 63-page guide from the Newspaper Associa(See NIE, page 5)

Music, movies added to NIE used book sale

Not only books but CDs and DVDs will be available at the fourth annual Newspaper in Education Used Book Sale fundraiser. The public will be asked to donate used books, music and movies for the sale between Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. Please ask your students and parents to participate. Towne Square Mall graciously is donating a store for the sale that will be during regular mall hours on Oct. 25-27.

Daymon Ward, general manager of Towne Square Mall, Aug. 28 marks stores that NIE might have available for its annual Used Book Sale.



NIE boosts science at Catholic 4-6 Center

Students in Jeff Sorces sixth grade science class at the Owensboro Catholic 4-6 Center Sept. 3 were busy cutting words and pictures out of the Messenger-Inquirer, making Old West-style wanted posters that displayed weight, mass and volume. Working in groups, several students were responsible for each poster. The students were engaging in this project as a review for a test they would have later in the week.
At right, teacherJeff Sorce observes the work done by Kolton Lambert, left, and Brandon Ballard. Below, from left, Elise Kerr, Bethany Mayfield, Brooke Cecil, Caroline Clements and Isabelle Wright collaborate on the poster project. Additional photos are on page 3.



In Jeff Sorces sixth grade science class at the Owensboro Catholic 4-6 Center students work together to create an Old West-style poster to highlight weight, mass and volume. Clockwise from top, Nick Boarman, left, and Ty Lambert; Elise Kerr; Carsyn Settles, left and Jayden Bickett; and Alex Scheithe, left, and Jayden Bickett work on their project.



Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sunday

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 Americans each year observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. The observation began as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period listed above. On Aug. 17, 1988, National Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law (Public Law 100402). Within this month come several significant dates for Hispanics. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also falling within the 30-day period is Columbus Day, or Dia de la Raza, on Oct. 12. According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16 percent of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population. NIE teachers can go to the

This supplement is one of six available to the Messenger-Inquirers Newspaper in Education teachers as National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed. To access these supplements, go to www.nieteacher.org/minie.

Messenger-Inquirers dedicated NIE Institute Web site, www.nieteacher.org/minie and scroll down to Hispanic Heritage to access these six supplements: Buen Viaje! A Journey to Hispanic America allows students to take a journey to many of the Latino countries. Students can explore the cultures and even the monetary exchange rates of the different countries. Along the way, students can learn some words in Spanish. Hispanics Driving Success is a bilingual supplement that provides biographies on high achiev-

ing Hispanics in many important fields. Pride and Power: Hispanic History and Politics is another bilingual supplement that provides an overview of Hispanic history and politics with biographies of Hispanic politicians. A teachers guide is available. High-Tech Heroes: Hispanic Explorers in Science, also bilingual, provides biographies on highachieving Hispanics in science and technology. This supplement comes with a teachers guide. Hispanic History from El
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NIE Constitution Day materials available

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tion of America Foundation designed for five days of instruction using the newspaper to help students explore individual freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. Its Your Government (http:/ /www.nieteacher.org/nie2/_KRP/ tabs/sec/Its_Your_Government.pdf) is a 16-page section that will help students understand and get involved in the political process, from voting to how a bill becomes law. Its Your Right: A History of the Bill of Rights (http:// www.nieteacher.org/nie2/_KRP/ tabs/sec/Its_Your_Right.pdf) also is a 16-page supplement in which students will learn about the history of the Bill of Rights and the role those rights play in our life today. Social Studies and the News (http://www.nieteacher.org/nie2/ _Social_Studies-Govt/_Social%20 Studies%20and%20the%20News.pdf) contains 160 activities exploring the use of newspapers as primary sources, including charts, graphs and visuals to gain information. This 18-page supplement also addresses distinguishing between fact and fiction, recognizing bias and stereotyping, the foundation of Constitutional government, participation of individuals in civic life, the function of political parties, evaluating the im-

pact of media on public opinion, state and federal government, separation of powers and economic concepts.

In addition, there are two Web sites NIE teachers may wish to see: http://constitutionday.com and http://billofrightsinstitute.org.

This supplement is one of several av ailable for NIE teachers to use for Constitution Day lessons.

Constitution Day a rare federal mandate to schools

According to a May 24, 2005, Associated Press story, The Constitution long has ensured that Congress cant tell schools what to teach. But thats no longer the case for at least one topicthe Constitution itself. It was in 2004 that Congress passed a then little-known provision that says every school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17, the day the document was adopted in 1787. In 2005, the Education Department announced its plans to enforce that provision. The AP story said, Schools can determine what kind of educational program they want, but they must hold one every year on now-named Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. And if Sept. 17 falls on a weekend or holiday, schools must schedule a program immediately before or after that date. This year Sept. 17 falls on a Tuesday. The AP story added, Histori(See Sen. Byrd, page 6)



Sen. Byrd pushed for Constitution study

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cally, the federal government has avoided dictating what or when anything must be taught because these powers rest with the states under the 10th Amendment. The Education Departments Web site even underlines that point, saying matters such as the development of curricula and the setting of course requirements fall outside federal authority. How, then, did a federal mandate for schools to teach lessons on the Constitution on Sept. 17 come about? The AP story said, Congress stepped in when it came to the

nations foundational document, thanks to Sen. Robert Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who keeps a copy of the Constitution in his pocket. Byrd inserted the Constitution lesson mandate into a massive spending bill in 2004, frustrated by what he called a huge ignorance on the part of many Americans about history. Byrd died on June 28, 2010. According to the AP story, It so happened that the Education Departments new guidelines emerged just as Byrd and the Senate, engaged in a fight over judi-

cial filibusters, debated the Constitutions checks and balances. The AP story noted Byrd said neither the Education Department nor Congress had required a specific curriculum or a particular interpretation of the Constitution. And Byrd was quoted in the story as saying, I hope that schools will develop many different, creative ways to enable students to learn about one of our countrys most important historic documents. The Constitution protects their freedoms and will impact all facets of their lives.

Sites teachers can check for Constitution lessons

The following are some links which our NIE teachers may wish to explore as they plan their Constitution Day lessons: http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitutionkids/Here teaches can find activities for different grade levels, including word finds, crossword puzzles and treasure hunts. http://constitution.laws.com/constitution-forkidsThis site helps explain what the Constitution is and what is its purpose and offers lesson plan ideas for the different grade levels. http://familyinternet.about.com/od/ websitesforkids/a/us-constitution-for-kids.htmAt this site teachers can find links to assist in lessons for any grade level; K-3 even offers an animated video. http://www.surfnetkids.com/ us_constitution.htmA number of important Constitution links can be found here. This is a good one-stop Web site. http://themes.atozteacherstuff.com/182/constitution-day-constitution-week-activities/This site provides teachers with a number of ready-to-go lesson plans as well as on-line resources about the Constitution. Younger students even can create a booklet illustrating each line of the preamble. http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/theconstitutionThis official White House site offers a complete background of the Constitution that could be especially helpful to middle and secondary school students. It describes the Bill of Rights and explains why this document was written. http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/constitution-day/For any special occasion, this always is a Web site that delivers, offering printables, coloring pages, worksheets and word searches. panic writers and their influence on literature. A teachers guide accompanies this supplement. Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau said. The ships in the past have been popular with school groups.

NIE Institute offers Hispanic Heritage Month materials

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Camino Real to the Information Highwayexplores Hispanic holidays and celebrations, Day of the Dead, popular Hispanic foods and notable Hispanics such as Wonder Womans Lynda Carter, Desi Arnaz of I Love Lucy fame, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and Ellen Ochoa,

the first Hispanic female astronaut. Hispanic Literature and Storytelling is a bilingual supplement providing biographies on HisReplicas of the Christopher Columbus ships the Nia and Pinta will not visit Owensboro this year, a spokesperson for the Owensboro-

Columbus ship replicas not coming this year



New Woody adventure begins tomorrow

Woody, the Kentucky Wiener, returns tomorrow for his ninth consecutive romp across the pages of Kentuckys newspapers. In the latest Leigh Anne Florence 10-chapter serial, Outstanding in His Field, Woody and his sister, Chloe, will learn about Kentucky agriculture and will discover that, no, food does not originate at the supermarket. According to the KPA, Mom and Dad arrange for the family to visit farms all across Kentucky so the pups can see first-hand all the hard work farmers put forth in getting food from the ground to the grocery store. Read along as the pups plant corn, eat their first tomato right off the vine, gather eggs from the hen house, and even try to get chocolate milk from a brown cow. A generation of students now have grown up reading the Woody stories each fall semester. All nine of the Kentucky Press Association fall chapter series featuring Woody have run in the Messenger-Inquirer. The stories are designed to increase reading among young people. NIE teachers by now all should have received in their NIE newspapers scrapbooks to use with each chapter. The chapters will run in the Messenger-Inquirer on Tuesdays, with the exception of Oct. 8 during Fall Break. Again this year there will be chapter activities for students. Author a native Kentuckian A native of Murray, Florence is a 1990 graduate of Calloway County High School. In 1996 she received her masters of music education from Murray State University.

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Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence, author of the Woody serial stories, is seen here with her husband, Ron, and her collection of dachshunds.

After seven years as a public school music teacher, Florence resigned from her teaching duties to concentrate on writing and public speaking. She, her husband Ron and several of her wiener dogs spend many days each year in schools, libraries and other venues speaking

on Woodys Five Ways to Be Successful. Florence also is in demand as a speaker for church events, womens groups and community organizations. She and her husband live in Shepherdsville.

Program promotes healthy eating

It is well known that many Kentuckians face serious health issues, many centering around diet as both adults and children become more and more obese. A Kentucky Educational Television documentary, Well Fed, offers examples of strategies for encouraging health eating in the home, school and community. KET will provide a free DVD of the documentary to any school or community group that agrees to host a screening. It is hoped this program will serve as a discussion starter. To receive the DVD and an 11-

Healthy foods such as those seen above can help Kentuckians improve their diets and fight obesity.

page discussion PDF, those interested should contact Laura Krueger at lkrueger@ket.org. At that time KET will ask about the planned event at which the DVD and PDF will be used.