As part of this project, students will create their own newspaper based on events leading up to or otherwise involving the American Revolution. This project works well with groups of four - each member of the group is responsible for an article in the newspaper: factual, biography, editorial, or political cartoon (experience has shown that students gravitate towards the political cartoon because they would rather draw than write - however, once they realize how complex these political cartoons can be, that often changes).
Explaining the project, answering student questions, and allowing them to organize into groups generally requires one class period. Beyond that, the length of the project can vary. The instructions also include a rubric for the students.
The file is saved using a Word 97-2003 format to allow for adjustments in due dates, points, etc. Newspaper: The American Revolution by Brian Hook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
After teaching government and economics at the high school level for two years, it was definitely eye-opening to be placed in front of middle school students. But, ten years later, I am having a blast teaching US History and World History!