The use of The Warren Record’s Newspaper In Education (NIE) Literacy program and fulfillment of the Common Core Initiative requirement of reading informational text are put to work in the third-grade classroom of Kristal Cozart at Northside Elementary School.

Students are using the newspaper to point out text features such as italic and bold print, captions and headings, while also reading stories that interest them and finding information on local events and community happenings. Cozart likes that students “can revisit so many of the Common Core Standards taught by reading the paper and stay abreast of current events.”

Students review each week’s edition and point out articles of interest whether it be community-minded or focused on education in Warren County. The students were particularly interested in a recent article about a teacher’s baby being delivered by the principal at New Tech High School and thought that would be an exciting event if it happened at their school.

Students are able to read aloud the captions and articles they choose. They would stop to point out revelant information, such as who the article is about, how it relates to Warren County residents and why it is important information to know.

Cozart said that the newspaper is not only used in collective classroom reading, it is also available to students as a source of individual reading for enjoyment.

“I love that a lot of them will choose to read the newspaper during self-directed reading. They recognize people they know and read their names and what they are doing,” she explained

The newspaper aids Cozart and her classroom in meeting Common Core Standards in reading of non-fiction and information text, which Cozart says can be hard to find for her third-grade classroom. With the newspaper being delivered to her class she has fresh reading material and information each week.

Every week The Warren Record is sent home with students as supplemental reading material to help meet their 15-minute required reading each night. Each Northside student has a reading log to record their home reading, and the newspaper can fill in gaps for students who may not be able to get to the library or if reading material at home may be limited. Cozart said that parents have also commented on how much they appreciate the newspapers at home, as they can read it with their children.

The grocery and other sales inserts are also put to use as the children count money, solve math problems and practice for their multiplication challenge. For the Thanksgiving holiday the students used the inserts to plan a full Thanksgiving dinner to feed a family and stay on budget.

As a special project, students working together in small groups recently searched newspapers to find informational text features in the news to produce posters displaying each feature. Each group through cooperation made decisions on what information to include and what should be displayed, resulting in diverse and unique displays created by each group.

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