Grades3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Brief DescriptionStudents create a news story on one of the top 100 news stories of the 20th century. Included: A link to the top 100 news stories 1900-1999.
Keywordsnewspaper, edit, current events, news, writing, 20th century, history, time line
Lesson PlanHave students collect a variety of major news stories from local papers. Share those stories with in class. Talk about how major news stories often begin on page 1 of a newspaper and conclude on an inside page. Discuss features and other elements that expand on the story. Explain that those features might include one or more of the following:
After the discussion, invite each student to choose one past news event. Have them write a news story about that event, as well as provide a continuation of the story that includes at least two of the related features mentioned above. Students can complete this activity individually or in pairs. Tell students to use online and print resources to research the news event they select. Explain that their news stories should include photographs, illustrations, and other informative graphics in addition to text. A great starting point for this activity is the Stories of the Century Web page that's part of the Newseum Web site. This page shows the results of a poll to determine the top 100 news stories of the 20th century.
Variations: Have students focus on a narrower or wider time frame than the 20th century, or have them focus on news events related to a particular subject area..
Students rate each other's news stories for (1) content accuracy and relevance, (2) design, (3) creativity, (4) effort. Encourage students to rate each element on a scale of 1 to 5, such as:
5 = Pulitzer Prize-winning material!
4 = No Pulitzer but still top-notch reporting.
3 = Solid reporting.
2 = Needs a good editor.
1 = Where's the shredder?
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.5-8.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.9-12.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
NA-VA.9-12.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
NS.K-4.7 History and Nature of Science
NS.5-8.7 History and Nature of Science
NS.9-12.7 History and Nature of Science
SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
NSS-C.K-4.4 Other Nations and World Affairs
NSS-C.K-4.5 Roles of the Citizen
NSS-C.5-8.4 Other Nations and World Affairs
NSS-C.5-8.5 Roles of the Citizen
NSS-C.9-12.4 Other Nations and World Affairs
NSS-C.9-12.5 Roles of the Citizen
SOCIAL SCIENCES: World History
NSS-USH.K-4.4 The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World
NSS-USH.5-12.7 Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
NSS-USH.5-12.8 Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
NSS-USH.5-12.9 Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
NSS-USH.5-12.10 Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the Present)
NSS-WH.5-12.8 The 20th Century
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NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications tools
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools
Last updated 06/15/2008