Complete guide for creating a newspaper front page about a famous person. Fun for Black History Month, Women's History Month, or any biography project. Requirements, prewriting organizers, template, and assessment options. Suggestions for sharing, including a peer feedback form. Content is specified but you provide instructions for the research process. Unique format using newspaper features such as 'skybox' hooks student interest in this non-traditional research report!
14-page project includes:
--Detailed requirements, explaining the content of the skybox, ears, flag, headline, subheading, lead story (beliefs, efforts, accomplishments, honors or awards, plus the influence and effects this person had as a result of his/her work), feature story (human interest info), editorial (student's opinion), and advertisement. You specify size, typed or ink, etc.
--Blank template provides a visual for students to use for brainstorming and to create their own layout.
--3 prewriting organizers for student drafts of the lead, feature, and editorial. Each follows an intro-body-conclusion format but is tailored to the different pieces.
--illustration of an actual newspaper front page labeled with the newspaper terms used (and explained) in the directions: skybox, ears, flag, headline, subhead, byline, caption.
--quick checklist evaluation of requirements
--checklist for self/peer editing and/or teacher assessment. Lists the six traits of effective writing and the project requirements
--Half page peer feedback sheet with suggestions for sharing, such as presentations, small group shares, or gallery walk.
--Glossary of newspaper terms, including many not used in the project. For example, deadline, masthead, wire service and more.
--Teacher Tips and list of sample Common Core Standards covered in this project.
Great bulletin board display. Perfect for an individual or small group project (dividing up the three writing pieces and other features) for scientists, historical figures, authors, and more. CCSS skills covered include writing the topic sentence; adding supporting, relevant details; concluding statement and more.
Or check out this traditional biography report that includes a complete guide to research:
Biography Research Report MS/HS Complete Guide
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