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The Mini Page: Meet Holly Black

Holly Black won a 2014 Newbery Honor Book award for "Doll Bones." She has written several books for kids and young adults. She is best known for the books in "The Spiderwick Chronicles" series, which she co-wrote with Tony DiTerlizzi.

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The highly-competitive, annual Medallion of Excellence Awards program, sponsored by The News-Journal, recognizes outstanding achievements by high school seniors in Volusia and Flagler County (in high schools with more than 25 students in the 2014 graduating class). Medallion of Excellence award winners are well-rounded students who not only maintain academic scholarship but who also excel in extracurricular and community activities in areas including -- but not limited to -- the arts, sports, volunteerism and leadership. Click here for Key Dates regarding the Medallion of Excellence Awards.

Click here for photos and bios of the 2014 winners!

Welcome to the World of Sea Turtles!

Twenty-five classrooms in Volusia and Flagler schools are currently participating in a project to learn more about sea turtles. In partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, The News-Journal is covering the cost for the (virtual) adoption of sea turtles that have been tagged with satellite transmitters. Teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade are developing creative ways to use the sea turtles in their curriculum. Click here for more information, more photos and some useful links.

Free Common Core Lessons Incorporating Newspapers

20 Common Core lesson plans that teach and engage, no matter which story a student reads
Credit: TweenTribune

Use Online Newspapers to Meet Common Core Standards
Credit: Scott Nailor

The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text'
Credit: The News York Times Learning Network


Public reading
Library assistant Lisa Doig helps 2nd-grader Pattey Orellana to read "The Lion King" at Pierson public library. (Photo: News-Journal/German Garcia)

Summer can be an excellent time to visit your local library and catch up on your reading. There are endless reasons to read, because reading no doubt affects you in areas ranging from improving your academic skills to bettering your self-image, but one of the best reasons to read is because it's fun! It's fun to learn new things, be transported into another place or time or just let your imagination soar. All these things happen when you are reading.

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Newspaper in Education Teacher Instructional Resources Page

Find more than 300 instructional resources at The News-Journal’s unique curriculum web page provided by the NIE Institute. If you are a teacher in Volusia or Flagler (FL) counties, please contact Kris Sternberg for login and password information.