The New York Times Upfront
Reinforces Social Studies and Literacy Skills
T he New York Times Upfront uses age-appropriate articles from The
NewYork Times to teach junior high and high school students about
both the present and the past. By reading Upfront, students gain an
understanding of current and historical events and are exposed to a variety
of perspectives on these topics. At the same time, Upfront helps students
sharpen their critical thinking skills and gives them a chance to discuss and
write about world and national issues of relevance to them.
The following essential skills are addressed in
The New York Times Upfront for Grades 9 to 12:
READING COMPREHENSION WRITING
• Experience reading as an enjoyable and useful • Experience writing as an enjoyable and useful
• Practice reading a variety of non-fiction • Practice essay writing skills by writing five-
articles addressing current and historical paragraph essays on issues read and discussed.
events. • Write with a specific purpose and for a
• Read with a purpose. specific audience.
• Use the following comprehension strategies • Write in different genres:
specifically important for reading non-fiction • Short and long essays • Reflection pieces
texts and articles: • Letters • Critique pieces
• Interpret text • Persuasive pieces
• Evaluate text • Expand knowledge and further analyze issues
• Pose questions through writing about topics learned.
• Retell • Answer different types of questions:
• Analyze and synthesize ideas • Short answer • Fill-in-the-blanks
• Make inferences • Multiple choice
• Use the text to develop and support opinions.
• Answer questions based on the text.
• Make personal connections to the text.
• Gain and apply an understanding of a variety
of non-fiction features found in newspapers
and magazines, such as:
• Editorials and op-ed articles
• Maps, graphs, and charts
• Political cartoons
• Use a variety of media to enhance
understanding of a topic.
The New York Times Upfront for Grades 9 to 12
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT TEST PREPARATION
• Read aloud a variety of genres. • Practice answering questions similar to those
• Practice conversation skills through on standardized tests.
discussions of text. • Practice general test-taking strategies.
• Learn and use new content vocabulary. • Answer different types of questions in
• Practice communication and public speaking preparation for standardized tests:
skills through debates: • Multiple choice
• Present opinions with supporting information • Fill-in-the-blanks
• Practice speaking for a specific audience • Open ended
• Practice strategies to determine word • Vocabulary
meanings: • Critical thinking
• Use information about word parts • Comprehension
• Use context clues
• Use definitions given within the text
RESEARCH SKILLS and graphs help
• Articles and issues provide students with students visualize and
opportunities for further research and enable better understand the
students to develop the following research issues at hand.
• Gather and present research through debates and
• Expand understanding about an issue through
• Independently research a variety of topics
related to the text.
• Use the Internet for research and information
• Use research to develop strong, supported
opinions and ideas.
Articles address important
current events as well
as issues relevant to
Every issue of Upfront includes
political cartoons, which serve Opposing opinions and
as tools for discussion and perspectives on an issue serve
enhance students’ understanding as a springboard for further
of current events. debate and analysis.