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ERIC Number: ED438206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Character Matters: Using Newspapers To Teach Character. Strategies for Teachers, Activities for Parents. Newspaper in Education Resource Guide.
DeRoche, Edward F.; Sullivan, Betty L.; Garrett, Sherrye Dee
One side of character education is to create schools and communities that are caring, civil, and challenging (both academically and behaviorally). The other side is to develop young citizens who are smart, decent, and responsible. This booklet illustrates how to use newspaper content at school and at home to teach eight specific values: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, tolerance, courage, justice, and citizenship. The booklet suggests that values can be tied to particular months when celebrations, holidays, and events occur: for example, justice, courage, or tolerance might be the focus value in January when the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, his life, and his work. The booklet states that daily newspapers offer valuable content (feature stories, editorials, news articles) that support lessons about these and other values. The strategies and activities in the booklet are designed to be idea-generators. A strategy can be tried as proposed or modified to meet the needs of students. The newspaper strategies in the booklet can be coordinated with the Newspaper in Education Program (NIE) guides and supplemented with examples from history and age-appropriate literature. The booklet's format includes an introduction; a definition of the value; synonyms or key words for the value word; teaching strategies and home activities; and quotes and sayings for the classroom bulletin board and the refrigerator at home. Addresses of character education organizations and lists of various additional resources are attached. (BT)
Use the News, Dr. Betty L. Sullivan & Associates, 4104 24th Street #531, San Francisco, CA 94114-3615. Tel: 415-641-0611; Fax: 415-641-0884; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A