The Project is designed for two purposes: 1) to give students a better understanding of the Punic Wars and 2) to help students identify bias in historical documents.
Students are assigned the role of newspaper reporter during the Punic War. They will be reporting from either the Roman Side or the Carthage side. They are three parts to the project: 1) Newspaper Article, 2) News Cast, and 3) Review of another students Article.
The key and most interesting part of the assignment is that they must report the news from the perspective of the civilization that they represent. Meaning, when reporting Rome's victory in the First Punic War, a Carthaginian reporter would be sad while a Roman reporter would be happy. After writing their newspaper article, the students create a newscast. I have done this two different ways. One, a live news cast in front of the classroom or two a video recorded newscast. Finally, the students critically but professional review a newscast from the opposite civilization. The main focus of this review is to identify bias. My students really have fun with this part.
It is a great project and kids love it!