All the news that was fit to print.
Your pencil, or your stylus hovers over paper or piece of wet clay. A king has died, an inventor has just made a leap of logic, and you are there to capture it all because you are a reporter in the past.
When Sir Isaac Newton discovered the Law of Gravity, you were there. When Galileo studied Jupiter making his discovery of four moons visible from earth, he let you look through his lens before sprinting for his scientific journal to write an account of the discovery.
Become a beat reporter covering the best events of a profound year in history in science, culture, and politics. Students become motivated writers as they research the memorable newsmakers of a remarkable year in the past.
- a reader of primary sources: journal entries and brief histories of inventors, artists, and those on the social avant-garde
- an exploration of the illustrations and writing of Leonardo da Vinci
- a reader of secondary sources
- a reader of newspaper articles highlighting historic events as well as other forms of reporting from secondary sources, and directly from primary sources.
- articles from the National Geographic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times
- a reader of famous commentaries in a variety of forms including art, comic strips, and sculpture, and poetry
- the work of students, writer’s circle, J.K. Rowling’s commencement address at Harvard about the importance of failure and imagination
- A reader of student work
Skills & Activities
- exploring a year in the past, examining inventions, comparing and contrasting, creating a timeline of human endeavor and invention
- research skills, research using primary sources, sorting through a lot of material to find the necessary information
- research using secondary sources, what other people think about a topic
- Writing for newspapers (Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?),
- quoting using AP style guidelines
- text-to-world connections, how do inventions and advancements relate to me
- text-to-text connections, writing a feature article for magazines
- text-to-self connections, writing editorials
- Time to rewrite articles, editorials, and magazine features, and to add details
- How to work with an editor with a deadline, practice presentations
- Presentation and display of collected art work