The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 3, 2009

2009-2010 Programs

Questions? Please contact:
Brooke McGuire, Newspaper in Education Coordinator
(507) 344-6326
418 S. 2nd St.; Mankato, MN 56001

The Free Press' Newspaper in Education program goes electronic!

Benefits of the E-Edition:
- FREE access for your students
- easily view past issues
- paper waste reduction
- incorporate independent student use of the E-Edition
- new technological instructional tool (and great to use with a SmartBoard)
- simply print individual articles as needed
- eliminate concern about paper delivery
- each of your students will easily be able to access the E-Edition at a convenient time

To place an order, download the 2 sheets below. Print, complete, and return to: Brooke L. McGuire, Newspaper in Education Coordinator; The Free Press; 418 S. 2nd St.; Mankato, MN 56001 OR fax to (507) 388-4355.

2009-2010 order form
2009-2010 order form calendar

2009-2010 Programs


THE MINI PAGE. A different topic is addressed each week and that topic is taught through the use of word puzzles, connect the dots, recipes, drawings, and pictures. If you would like the standards/activities that accompany each issue, please send an email to


SERIAL STORIES. A chapter from a story appears each week.

"The Red Cross Girl" by Richard Harding Davis

Sept. 15th - Dec. 15th. 13 chapters.
This heartwarming 13-chapter serial involves a reporter and a mysterious young nurse, or so he thinks. The story takes some interesting twists ending in the reporter's nuptials with the mystery girl.
Click here for vocabulary and questions/activities to accompany the story.

"East of the Sun and West of the Moon" by Richard Swallow

Jan. 5th - Feb. 2nd. 5 chapters.
This classic Norwegian folk tale has been formatted as a readers' theater script.
Click here for the readers' theater parts and vocabulary.
Check out additional readers' theater resources at the NIE Institute.

"Julie and the Lost Fairy Tale" by Janie Lancaster

Feb. 16th - May 25th. 15 chapters.
Join eleven-year-old Julie as she finds a lost fairy tale, from the Brothers Grimm, in the attic of her grandmother's southern plantation. The manuscript was brought over on the ship, the Kaiser Wilhelm, by eleven-year-old Cordelia Grimm, and lef in the care of Julie's grandmother almost fifty years ago. When Julie meets the editor of her local newspaper, plans are made to surprise both Julie's grandmother and the people in her town.
Click here for the accompanying teacher guide.
Visit the author's web site.


BRAINWAVE. Brainwave essays will be published monthly seven times throughout the school year: October 13, November 10, December 15, February 16, March 16, April 13, and May 18. Click here for additional information.


PARADE TEEN NEWSBREAK. Connect students with the world by making current events relevant through debates, news quizzes, and hot news tips. Have students complete the current events quizzes in the paper each Thursday after they have been paying attention to the news for the previous week. Check out the Parade Teen Newsbreak Teacher's Guide which includes lesson plans and activity ideas.

Important Dates

HOLIDAY WISHES (due Fri., Dec. 4th; Published Tues., Dec. 15th)
Students in grades kindergarten through twelve may write and/or draw a response to the question, "If you could have ONE holiday wish, what would it be and why?" As many responses as possible will be published in the December 15 paper, with some responses appearing online as well.
Click here for additional information.
Click here to print a form for your students to use.

LETTERS TO SANTA (due Fri., Dec. 4th; Published Fri., Dec. 18th)
First and second grade students may send their letters to Santa to the Free Press. Some will be published December 18, and, regardless of whether or not they are published, all letters will be forwarded to Santa.

SPELLING BEE (late enrollment deadline: Dec. 18th, 2009; regional spelling bee: Feb. 9th, 2010 @ 5:30 p.m.)
Contact Bridget Serig ( or 507-389-2509) with the South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) for additional information. The Free Press will be working with SCSC (who will be sponsoring the spelling bee).
Register at the National Spelling Bee.

DESIGN AN AD (due Wed., March 24th; Published Thurs., April 15th)
Students in grades seven through twelve design ads for a business. The business chooses one ad for publication in a special supplement.
If you wish to participate, please email with "Design An Ad" in the subject line and include your name, your school & address, as well as the grade and number of students that will be participating. The deadline to register is Friday, February 5, 2010.
Click here for additional information necessary to complete the project.
Click here for the blank ad template and make sure to include this with each ad (print & add to the bottom of each blank ad before copying).

Visit the Minnesota Newspaper Association web site and click on "Target Date" at the left to download a teacher's guide and daily and weeklies papers lists.

CLASS OF 2022 (due Fri., April 30th; Published Sat., May 22nd)
Kindergarten students state what they want to be when they grow up and explain why. Click here for more information.


- Reading resources can be found at the Reading Rockets web site.
- Go to The Five Freedoms Project to access resources for administrators, teachers, and students regarding the five freedoms of the First Amendment.
- Visit the Newspaper Association of America Founation web site to access resources to help students become engaged and literate citizens through the use of newspapers and other media.
- Go to the National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW) web site, for ideas of ways to commemorate NFSW, which is October 19-25, 2009.
- Visit NIE Teacher Resources for over 200 instructional ideas.
- Click here for "Ten Great Activities for Using the Newspaper."
- Visit for vocabulary resources, including puzzles and lesson plans.
- Visit the National Geographic web site for lesson plans, activity ideas, and additional resources.
- Geography Awareness Week is November 15-21, 2009. Check out the National Geographic site, "Get Lost in Mapping: Find Your Place in the World."
- Go to the Geography Action! page for geographical information and resources.
- Visit the Fraud Scene Investigator web site for resources related to teaching students about investment fraud.
- Go to for lesson plans, resources, and links to high school newspapers.
- Visit NetSmartz Workshop for resources to teach students about Internet safety and technology.
- The Space Place is produced by NASA and includes interesting and current space information. Visit the Space Place web site for games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space, and technology.
- Check out the Allstate Foundation's second annual Keep the Drive High School Journalism Awards which calls for high school journalists to bring awareness to the dangers of texting while driving. Complete rules are available here.

Web Sites for Constitution Day Resources

Center for Civic Education
First Amendment Center
Bill of Rights Institute
NIE Teacher Instructional Resources(Email for user name & password)
Illinois First Amendment Center
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute