Newspaper Project



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Newspaper Project
Although various forms of newspapers have been around for thousands of years, the emergence of the printing press in the mid 1400s brought newspapers to the homes of average people. Since then, newspapers have regularly chronicled history’s most influential events in unique and creative ways. Your job is to create a newspaper that chronicles one of the topics below. You must first pick one of those topics and then read the directions and review the rubric. Once this is done, you may begin working on your newspaper. Please realize that your grade depends on how well you satisfy the requirements dictated in the rubric. Use your rubric to informally assess the quality of your newspaper before turning it in.
Topics (teacher will assign):
The French Revolution & its global repercussions, Peter the Great & his impact on Russia, The Haitian Revolution & its global repercussions, The Industrial Revolution & its impact on the world in the 18th and 19th century, Adam Smith and Capitalism vs. Mercantilism & Socialism, Slavery in South America & the Caribbean, Revolutions in Mexico and Spanish South America
Directions:
1. Your newspaper’s name must be appropriate and original and placed at the top of the front page (ex. London Times, The European Journal).

2. One article must be written that highlights the major significance of your topic. The article must be at least two paragraphs in length and include an appropriate headline.

3. The article must be accompanied by a picture that depicts its subject matter. The picture must be drawn

4. The article must be placed on the front page under the newspaper’s name.

5. There must be a section of your newspaper dedicated to political cartoons and one political cartoon must be drawn within that section depicting the political aspects of your topic. It must be your original work and idea.

6. There must be a section of your newspaper dedicated to advertisements and one advertisement must be drawn that depicts the cultural aspects of your topic. This must also be your original work and idea.

7. An opinion section must be included in your newspaper that features someone’s opinion on a significant event connected to your topic. You must write that person’s opinion as if he or she lived through the event. It must be one paragraph in length.
*IMPORTANT: You will be provided a large sheet of paper to create your newspaper. The newspaper must take up the front and back of the sheet and be in COLOR.

Rubric for Newspaper Project


Newspaper’s Name:

10-7 points

The newspaper is identified by a name that is appropriate and relevant.

6-4 points

The newspaper is identified by a name that is not appropriate and relevant.

3-0 points

The newspaper is not identified by a name.


Article:

15-11 points

The newspaper contains one article that is two paragraphs in length and chronicles the significance of the topic. It al so contains an appropriate headlines.

10-6 points

The newspaper contains one article and it is not two paragraphs in length. It also does not effectively chronicle the significance of the topic or contain an appropriate headline.

5-0 points

The newspapers contain less than one article, and it is less than two paragraphs in length. It also does not chronicle the importance of the topic or contain an appropriate headline.


Article Pictures:

10-7 points

One article is accompanied by a picture that depicts its subject matter.

6-4 points

The article is accompanied by a picture that vaguely depicts its subject matter.

3-0 points

No picture accompanies the article or the one that does is not relevant to the article’s subject matter.


Front Page Article:

10-7 points

An article is placed on the front page of the newspaper that clearly connects to the topic and highlights its major historical significance.

6-4 points

An article is placed on the front page, but it does not clearly connect to the topic or highlight the topic’s historical significance.

3-0 points

No article is placed on the front page or it is unclear which article is the front page story.


Political Cartoons:

15-11 points

There is a political cartoon section, and it contains two political cartoons that illustrate the political aspects of your topic.

10-6 points

There is a political cartoon section, and it contains two political cartoons that do not clearly illustrate the political aspects of your topic.

5-0 points

There is no political cartoon section, and if political cartoons are present, they do not illustrate the political aspects of your topic.


Advertisements:

15-11 points

One advertisement is drawn featuring cultural elements of your topic.

10-6 points

One advertisement is drawn that vaguely reflects cultural elements of your topic.

5-0 points

No advertisement is drawn or the one that is drawn does not reflect the cultural elements of your topic.


Opinion Section:

15-11 points

The opinion section features an opinion of an individual concerning an important event within your topic. The opinion is one paragraph in length and is written as if the person lived through it.

10-6 points

The newspaper features an opinion section but it may not pertain to a relevant event of your topic or it is less than one paragraph.

5-0 points

There is little or no evidence that the newspaper features an opinion section.


Content and Color:

10-7 points

The newspaper covers the front and back of the sheet and is written and drawn in color.

6-4 points

The newspaper covers most of the front and back of the sheet and is mostly written and drawn in color.

3-0 points



The newspaper covers one side of the sheet or less and is not written and drawn in color.



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