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
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.
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
The newspaper is identified by a name that is appropriate and relevant.
The newspaper is identified by a name that is not appropriate and relevant.
The newspaper is not identified by a name.
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.
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.
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.
One article is accompanied by a picture that depicts its subject matter.
The article is accompanied by a picture that vaguely depicts its subject matter.
No picture accompanies the article or the one that does is not relevant to the article’s subject matter.
Front Page Article:
An article is placed on the front page of the newspaper that clearly connects to the topic and highlights its major historical significance.
An article is placed on the front page, but it does not clearly connect to the topic or highlight the topic’s historical significance.
No article is placed on the front page or it is unclear which article is the front page story.