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Enlightenment Newspaper Article Project

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This assignment is designed to give students practice with research and writing. This is perfect for practicing common core skills needed to do well on performance tasks. Students use textbooks and library materials to write a newspaper article about one of the Enlightenment Scientists. Before doing this project, students should have background knowledge of the Enlightenment and of scientists involved in the movement. In California, students study medieval and renaissance history in 7th grade and the enlightenment is important foundational content for 8th grade.

I use this with my 7th grade history classes and it always goes over well because I allow them creativity in their project. I also use this as an assessment for writing and comprehension. I always make sure students know how I expect them to structure paragraphs long before we do this project. If you do not want them to quote from the textbook or other sources, make sure you tell them this.

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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
(See note; not applicable as a separate requirement)


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