EXTRA!  EXTRA!
American Revolution
Newspaper
A Webquest for 8th grade
by
Patti Broome



Introduction | Tasks | Process | Evaluation |Conclusion | Credits | Teacher's Page
 
 

 Introduction

The American Revolution began long before the War for Independence actually started.  The signers of the Delcaration of Independence claimed that the Revolution was about liberty and democracy, the people's right to choose how they should be governed.  Later, others insisted the Revolution was really about money and trade.  In fact, the Revolution was about both issues.  The sentiments of the Delcaration of Independence and the struggle for trade were linked together in the colonists' revolt.  The result was a British-American war - and much more.
You are the Editor of a newspaper during the American Revolutionary War.  The people have the right to know what is going on politically, economically, and socially.  It is your responsibility to print the news!  You have a deadline, so get to work!


 



Task
Your task is to step into the shoes of a newspaper editor during the American Revolution.  You must create a newspaper and include: You will visit related Web sites to learn details of the time period.

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Process

1.  Type the masthead, date, city of publication, and cost of the newspaper on the computer.
     Cut them out and lay aside.
2.  Visit the following Web sites:
  Early America
  Liberty! The American Revolution - PBS Online
 six part documentary series about the two and a half decades of
 debate and rebellion, war and peace.
  History Place - American Revolution
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  The American Revolution - The Struggle for Independence
 
 

The Signing of The Delcaration of Independence

Decide on the events that you will summarize and use as the articles for your newspaper.  Requirements for the articles:

3.  Look at the information about the American Revolution on the Websites provided above.
Write a "Letter to the Editor" concerning your opinion of an event that happened during this time period.  Follow the procedures for writing the articles when writing this editorial.

4.  Visit the Old Fashioned Clip Art Web site containing clip art (or one of the Websites above) for your pictures.  Print the pictures on the computer and then cut them out.

5.  Pick the subject matter for your political cartoon. Draw the cartoon or use clip art and write the caption.  The subject of your cartoon must be historicaly correct.  Cut out the cartoon.

Take a look at these cartoons designed by 7th grade students to get ideas for your own.
 

6.  Assemble the masthead, date, cost, articles, "Letter to the Editor", pictures, and cartoon on the poster board.  Make sure the elements of your newspaper are arranged in usual newspaper format.  The page must be divided into columns.  Refer to the newspapers provided in the classroom for a reference.

7.  Mount the elements of your newspaper on the poster board.

8.  You may include one or more of the following optional elements in your newspaper.  The same process and format as above should be used.

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Evaluation

Possible Points
Score by Teacher
Masthead-name
5
 
Date
5
 
City of Publication
5
 
Cost
5
 
Three articles 
20
 
One "Letter to the Editor"
10
 
Two Pictures
10
 
One Political Cartoon
10
 
Mechanics
 20
 
Layout
10
 

 
Optional Elements
Possible Points
Score by Teacher
Entertainment Section
5
 
Sports Section
5
 
Financial Section
5
 
Display Ad
5
 
Classified Ad
5
 
Obituaries
5
 

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  Conclusion
After researching the events of the American Revolution and creating your own newspaper, present in class one of your articles.  Discuss what influence you think the printed media had on the people during this era.

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Credits

Early America
Liberty! The American Revolution - PBS Online
six part documentary series about the two and a half decades of
debate and rebellion, war and peace.
History Place - American Revolution
Georgia and the American Revolution
The American Revolution - The Struggle for Independence
American Revolution Project
The result of 7th grade students learning to use the Internet as both
a resource tool and as a publishing medium.
Old Fashioned Clip Art

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Teacher's Page     


Lesson Title:  The American Revolution Newspaper
Subject Area:  Social Studies
Grade Level:  8th Grade
Grouping: Two to three students per group.
Length of Lesson:  Five one hour lessons
Interdisciplinary Connections: Language Arts, Computer Science, Social Studies
Prior Knowledge:  General knowledge of the American Revolution. Knowledge of a computer.
QCCs: Social Studies
15  Topic:  Causes of American Revolution
16  Topic:  Personalities
17  Topic:  Independence Revolutionary War

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