October 30, 1938: Orson Welles airs his now famous War of the Worlds radio play and hysteria overtakes America. Or did it? This webquest leads students through informational text to discover the historical truth and context about what happened that crazy night.
In this lesson, students will read informational text to uncover historical truths and context; relate their own lives to an historical incident by reflecting on modern news media; use text marking to facilitate a close reading of a text; reflect on the writer’s/artist’s craft; analyze how the medium chosen affects a story; use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the text and radio broadcast versions of a scene; and apply their new knowledge and understanding by rewriting a familiar story as a news broadcast and performing it as such.
This resource is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Reading and Writing and includes accommodations for Exceptional Education, English Language Learners, and Gifted students. It also includes rubrics and an answer key.
NOTE: This resource INCLUDES the "War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast -Webquest" also available in my store.