The Civil War is a multilayered event in US History. Students take this project and create pages of a newspaper highlighting a specific date and collaborate to make a larger product.
The Civil War Unit at any grade recognizes many different working pieces.
This project pulls together many different experiences of the Civil War and lets students experience the different elements of the Civil War and see those parts as a whole story.
Creating newspaper pages gives students a chance to tap into creativity and learn layout. Being specific and allowing for range of opportunities also gives students a chance to show off things they may not always be appreciated for in history class. In addition, this creates a lasting piece to be used for Open House and demonstrate a collection over the years.
In addition, this assignment provides students with the ability to be graded for effort (targeting student with beginning English skills or moderate to severe disabilities).
The rubric is set by expectations, but points are not set to allow for flexibility by the teacher.
The end result should be almost a magazine of student work highlighting the United States from 1850 to early Reconstruction. You may also use it to help emphasize, and give students a chance to be “experts” in certain areas.
We suggest no more than 5-6 50 to 90 minute class periods. Access to Internet is a plus, but library is most important. You may choose to distribute “Suggested Resources” as necessary.
• 1 Page description (page 3 of this packet) per student
• 1 rubric for each student (pages 10-12) Choose the best one to fit your grading style
• 1 copy of Front page, second, a back page. You can assign topics or have them pick at random
• 1 sheet of paper per student/group for newspaper (we suggest 8.5 x 11) OR 1 copy of each page of template for handwriting. You can produce this back to front.
• Markers/colored pencils