This is a partner research activity where students become modern day “muckraker” journalists like those of the late 1800s/ early 1900s. The student mission is to investigate a problem that currently exists and is causing damage or harm to some sector of modern-day society. The problem may occur across the US, but the students must look specifically at the local impact of said problem.
Students will conduct 2 or more interviews with people who have an opinion on the issue. These interviews can be done in person, via email, over the phone, or through an online venue and will be transcribed.
● The format of the project can be
a. A podcast for possible downloading
b. A written article for possible publication in a local newspaper
c. A website that concerned citizens might visit to learn more about your issue, or how to get further involved in it
● Recommended Project Assignment Time:
a. US History classes could do this project after being introduced to the muckrakers of the Progressive Era.
b. AP US History classes could do the project at the same time or after the AP test as a current event project to wrap up the school year.
● Teacher Instructions
● Project Description
● Project Scoring Guide (Rubric)
● Email Template for students to use to contact potential interview subjects
● A detailed project outline
● Student project planning page
● A detailed list of possible muckraking topics to choose from
*All items are editable
● Computers for online research
● Copies of the various handouts