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- To prepare for this lesson, explore Discovery Education and create a My Content folder with digital media files about your historic event. This will allow you to carefully evaluate and select the most appropriate content for your students.
- Explain to students that they will become journalists for a historic newspaper.
- Place students in small groups or pairs and distribute examples of current newspapers. Have students identify two to three core components of the front page of a newspaper (headline, image, text, etc.).
- Assign students the content folder of resources.
- In small groups or individually, have students explore the digital resources and write articles that feature their two to three identified core components.
- Inform students of the minimum number of articles you expect for the newspaper and the nature of the content of each article. (i.e.: three articles about key figures of the time, something happening in the government, etc.)
- Students should curate their work using a document publisher such as Board Builder, Word, or Google Docs.
- Encourage students to embed the digital files as supporting resources to their stories.
- Ask students to include headlines and captions for each photograph.
- Remind students to cite all photographs and sources of information either directly under the article or photograph or on a list of citations on the last page.
- To see this example of a student-created newspaper using Board Builder, view “Paul Revere’s Ride: Final Project” in Discovery Education.
- Instead of entire articles, have the students create headlines using the headline generator at a site like Fodey.com. Then, make a collage of headlines and photographs by pasting them on the template.