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Read all about it! (5-12)

Read all about it! (5-12)

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Written by Hunter   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 13:31
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Nancy B. Plaxico, Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High School, Fairbanks, AK

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Appropriate for grades 5-12.

OVERVIEW: This activity can be adapted to any age group and can be a class research project or a homework project. It makes the study of history more fun.

PURPOSE: Students often dislike history because they do not see it as relevant to their lives or necessary to know. This activity personalizes history for them.

OBJECTIVES: Students will construct a newspaper that describes local, state, national and international events on the day they were born.

ACTIVITIES:

Students will write one editorial concerning an event of their birth year.

Students will research an issue and find a political cartoon on that issue and include it in the newspaper.

Students will construct a visual from their birth year. This can be a drawing, a poster, etc. (You may choose to allow them to make a tape of music that was popular during that year.

Students will interview a person concerning the year they (the student) were born. Students must prepare the questions in advance and write out the answers or use a tape recorder for oral history.

(Allow students class time to "show off" their work.)

RESOURCES/MATERIALS NEEDED: All resources are available in most libraries.

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: My students enjoy this activity. It gives them a sense of perspective and identifies this place in history.  Since most students in the same grade were born about the same year, an in depth study of a single year shows how history must be condensed in history books.
 
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