MOUNT VERNON — Local newspapers connect the community to the people, places and events that surround them. For students in Knox County, the Mount Vernon News is used as a learning tool.
Jan Quinn, a senior social studies teacher at Mount Vernon High School, uses the News every day. Quinn said she has received the newspaper for the past 10 years or so, and that every day she has her students read the News for the first five minutes of class. Quinn said her students have been reading up on the government shutdown and how it affects Knox County locally.
“Whenever there is a current event specific to our government standards, which is every day, that the state wants us to cover, I’ll find something that coincides with that,” said Quinn.
Quinn also stated that she provides extra credit throughout the year for students that complete newspaper summaries. Her classroom uses the print version of the News and she added that it’s enjoyable to see her students read something in print, because usually the tech savvy students don’t.
Candis Kester teaches seventh and eighth grade special education reading and English and Title I math at Danville Local Schools and said she uses the print edition of the News in her classroom for many different purposes.
“A lot of times for my English class we’ll do one current event and I’ll show them how to pull out the information and summarize that,” said Kester.
“I use a lot of it (the paper) for summarizing because it’s easy to summarize a news article and in hopes that they can take it and use that skill and be able to summarize a chapter or summarize a book. Then you can answer the who, what, when, where, how — those important questions — and in hopes of teaching them how to do summaries; which I hope in the long run will help them with extended response on the O.A.A. (Ohio Achievement Assessment),” said Kester.
Kester said she has also used articles off of the News’ website and content from the Newspaper in Education section. She also mentioned that there was a part in the education section of the newspaper called ‘football math’ in which “they would take the scores of the football teams and they did something with math, and I used it in math class.”
She told the News her goal is to get her students incorporating the same lessons they learn from the newspaper into their everyday studies.
“I hope it carries over to where they’re answering questions in a book,” said Kester.
“I try to teach that when they’re answering questions you look for the bold title, you look for words that are in that question in the content of your book, and I always try to use the newspaper for that,” said Kester. She added that summaries are usually used for participation grades.
“I just hope that anything I can do helps,” said Kester.
Kester’s classroom uses the print edition of the News and she said that her classroom doesn’t have any computers, however Kester added that she uses the website to retrieve content and the E-edition personally.
“I get my information off of the Internet. I go to the Newspaper in Education part for the teachers and I print things off,” said Kester.
“I definitely use the newspaper itself when they’re (the students) looking for information,” said Kester.
National Newspaper Week is being observed this week. This year marks the 73rd year of this observance which stresses the importance of newspapers to communities, large and small.
Local newspapers connect the community to the people, places and events that surround them. For students in Knox County, the Mount Vernon News is used as a learning tool.
A 275-page paperback novel has about the same number of words as an average daily newspaper. A novel will take months to edit and refine. A daily newspaper staff will produce a new product every 24 hours.
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