Daily Lessons Newspapers Replace Textbooks in Classrooms This Week

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Students began reading newspapers in classrooms at many schools throughout St. Charles County this week - and not just the sports page and comics.

Teachers are using copies of the daily St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Charles Post as tools in various classes, not just English, as part of Newspapers in Education Week.

At Central Elementary School in the Francis Howell School District, community relations director Carol Ziegler told several hundred third-grade students about the various writing and editing jobs on a newspaper and how her job fits in. One of the most important parts of her job, Ziegler told the students, is "letting the community know what is happening in their schools." That, she said, "is where the reporter comes in. We try to establish a good rapport and be a source for factual information." Ziegler believes the third-grade students are at a key age to learn how to read the newspaper. "Let's face it," she said. "They see their parents reading the paper" and they can ask them and other family members what sections they like to read and why. "It definitely helps" students learn in many areas, said Suzanne Horn, the teacher in charge of the project. Students read different parts of the paper and then use the information to create a game, do a survey and write essays and editorials, she said. …


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