Newspaper PLUS
Summer Plus
Supplement Series Conversions
Series Topics of New and Special Interest

“Paratrooper” Summer Series Links NIE
To National WWII Memorial Dedication
With In-Paper Feature for Students & Adults

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On May 29, the United States dedicated the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. On June 6, the world observed the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

To commemorate these events, Hollister Kids created a Newspaper In Education Series called “WWII… D-Day60.”

Because of the enthusiastic response from Veterans as well as Teachers, Hollister Kids is now offering this dramatic feature as a summer reading series titled Paratrooper: A Summer Series.

This handsome 10-unit package features a dramatic first-person account of a paratrooper who jumped in France in support of the Normandy landing on D-Day. At the same time it reveals the character traits and commitment that soldiers of every generation have demonstrated in carrying out their missions.

It is a great way to thank veterans of “the greatest generation,” while also honoring the troops of this generation who are serving around the world. The series ties the history of World War II to current events through newspaper activities specially crafted to accompany the narrative.

The 10 parts in the series make it a perfect once-a-week feature that could run all through summer vacation.

Vividly written like a serial story, the account by paratrooper Sgt. Don Reiland will hold the attention of readers of all ages, while capturing the uncertainty, fear, bravery and commitment of young men thrust into events that changed the world. The series takes readers inside the experience of war, explores the character values of duty, courage and discipline and reveals the ultimate humanity of soldiers even amid chaos and destruction.

Sample Excerpt:
“The sky looked like the Fourth of July. The pings of bullets hitting the fuselage increased, and the plane began lurching badly. I am sure all of us felt we would be better off on the ground—somewhere, anywhere—than being blown out of the sky. My lieutenant had his hands on each side of the door and was poised to jump. Then, as the plane made a particularly heavy lurch, he reached inside and groped for something substantial to hold. The crunch of 17 paratroopers behind us made me feel that one more lurch and the lieutenant and I both would be hurled out the door. My eyes darted from the fireworks outside to the light panel just over my right shoulder. When several bullets hit the plane, I felt sure that someone would be hit. It was torturous waiting for the light to jump. At last, it went on, the lieutenant shouted ‘Let's go!’ and as he disappeared I dove out of the plane.”

Sample Newspaper Activity:
On D-Day paratroopers provided an inland front for the Normandy beach invasion by engaging and disabling German troops behind enemy lines. Military operations often involve coordination of different kinds of troops and equipment. Find an example of military action in the newspaper. Write a description of the kinds of troops and equipment needed to make the operation a success. Then write what each type adds to the effectiveness of the operation.

Sign up now to order this special World War II commemorative package. Your students and teachers will thank you—and so will your veterans!

The series is moderately priced to satisfy tight summer budgets!
Under 50,000—$150
Over 200,000—$300

To give NIE programs a way to help students improve at writing, Hollister Kids now offers a special version of its “Writing Skills” Super-Size Teacher Guide in which the activity sheets have been converted to a series of quarter-page ads for use in-paper. Based on national writing standards, these ads use the newspaper to help kids explore and improve all styles of writing. The package includes 19 activity sheets in ad format, plus additional activities from the Teacher Guide that may be offered to schools or parents as a premium for subscribing or participating. Space is available at the bottom of each ad to feature the logo of a sponsor or your NIE program. This option may be especially effective as a summer feature.
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Newspaper PLUS
The goal of the best serial stories or newspaper series is to build a following around subjects of interest to young readers. Hollister Kids’ weekly current events feature Newspaper PLUS has been doing that for nearly eight years, winning enthusiastic followers among both students and adults. Always on top of the news, Newspaper PLUS was voted one of the top youth columns in America in the spring of 2001, earning finalist status in the Distinguished Achievement Awards competition of the Association of Education Publishers (EdPress). Written by a former daily journalist for a major U.S. paper, Newspaper PLUS takes a top story each week and comes at it from a kid’s perspective. It follows up with discussion activities that encourage students to relate the news to their own lives, and newspaper activities that tie current events to the lessons of history.
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Summer Plus
For more than five years, Summer Plus has given young readers the continuity of a top Newspaper In Education feature for the summer months. This weekly feature reaches, teaches and entertains young readers and their families with a new topic every week. It focuses on subjects kids talk about on summer vacation, from movies and sports to food recreation and unusual events. Activities each week, provide “conversation starters” for young readers and their families, and lead students into the daily newspaper to learn more. Each year a 10-week series is written weekly to provide the freshest and most up to date material available. For newspapers that would like to run Summer Plus more than once a week, a supplemental package of features is available.
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