In this summative project, students work in small groups to create an interactive newspaper, telling stories of the American Revolution that showcase their understanding of major events as well as how perspective and bias shape the way the story is told (Patriot vs Loyalist).
Combining the best of both worlds, students hand illustrate a "front page" of a newspaper then use a Google Slides template to bring it to life by linking to close-ups of the corresponding illustrations and the articles, which they compose directly in the slides. This allows students to use digital tools for researching, writing, and getting "techy" while using good old fashioned crayons and markers to be creative on paper and with their hands.
Student Directions (step by step; rubric included)
Google Slides Template (includes "credits" and "sources" slide)
Completed Student Sample
Tech How-To Tutorial (for teacher and/or students)
Project Homepage Slide
Use the homepage slide to house links to all the documents and resources students will need. With this slide, they can find everything they need in one easy place and you can add links to any of your own materials easy peasy. Use the producers' checklist to keep track of the tech-to dos like sharing the template and submitting.
Your students will have a blast with this mixed media project that brings their artwork to life and allows them to tell the story of the American Revolution in a creative way.
*Don't teach the Revolution? This project can be easily modified to become a newspaper about any topic!
*Teach older kids or just want to mix it up? Have students write articles from a wide variety of perspectives such as a slave, a Native American, King George... the options are endless!
*Want a tech-free option? Throw out the digital templates and have your kids compose their articles directly on an 11X17 sheet of paper!
*Want a totally tech-ed out option? Have your students create Google drawings or find appropriate images online and insert directly into the slides.