A differentiated Civil War Newspaper Project that will have your students researching, writing and creating! Students will read student friendly articles about people, places and events that lead up to the Civil War; the north and south perspectives of the war and reconstruction after the war.
Unit includes 2 differentiated choice boards, 2 differentiated rubrics, newspaper layouts and teacher directions. The choice boards have specific requirements where teacher chooses the topics of the articles students will be writing and then students have some choice by picking 2 topics to write about.
As they read through and research 37 articles they will answer a target question for each article. This target question exists to not only focus them as they read, but will help them with writing their newspaper. After they have read, researched and answered the questions they will create a Civil War Newspaper as if they were living during those times. One page will be dedicated to causes of Civil War, one page will be dedicated to the Norths perspective, one page will be dedicated to the Souths perspective and one page to the Reconstruction of the Civil War. The more advanced choice board will have 2 additional pages to their newspaper.
I have differentiated this unit by offering 2 different versions of choice boards and rubrics. Challenge and meet the needs of all your learners with this unit.
You will need access to the internet to view the articles or print out the articles and make copies for your students. No textbook required or computer required for this lesson, but can be added for research and creation of newspaper. If you don't have access for your students you can still print out articles and have students hand write their newspapers. I have provided newspaper templates if you are having students hand write them.
This lesson will take about 5 weeks. You can pick and choose the articles and focus on what you want your students to take from this project or have them do all of the articles. Taylor it to what you want from this project.