The Daily News Is a Great Teacher Resource

A newspaper is a periodical publication issued daily, weekly or at other regular intervals and containing news, views, features, information, and advertising. Its forerunners can be traced back as early as ancient Rome. Newspapers are usually written and edited by journalists, and may cover local, national or international news. Some feature political or social commentary.

The edgy, tabloid New York Daily News is a modern descendant of the newspaper of the same name that was published between 1855 and 1906. It competes with the even more sensational rival New York Post and is one of the largest-circulation newspapers in the United States.

Its subject matter ranges from political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome scandal to social intrigue like the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. It has a large staff of reporters, photographers and graphic artists. The paper also includes intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads and a section for sports and other local events. It has a strong commitment to photography and is credited with pioneering the use of wirephoto in the 1930s.

In the 2020-21 school year, the Yale Daily News has begun publishing special issues that highlight the voices of students from the university’s Indigenous, Black, AAPI and Latinx communities. These are produced in collaboration with the university’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups.

The newspaper’s extensive online presence allows readers to skim headlines and sections and choose those stories that interest them. It is easy to share articles on social media or e-mail them to friends and family. In addition, its mobile site makes it easy to read the newspaper on the go.

Newspaper articles can serve as a springboard for research projects in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers can use articles to introduce topics, provide background for an argument or debate, and spark discussion. They can also be used to explore a variety of social-emotional skills, including empathy and compassion.

Using the free NewsHour Classroom resources, teachers can take a deeper look at daily news stories and connect them to their core learning standards in English language arts (ELA), science, social studies, and SEL. These ready-to-go Daily News Lessons come with lesson plans, activities, and more to support the integration of news into classroom instruction.

To access these lessons, sign up here. And be sure to check out the NewsHour Classroom library of other ready-to-use Daily News Lessons, correlated to state and national standards.