All resources in K-5 Working Group

Newspapers Past and Present

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Students learn how newspapers got started, what components are necessary for creating a good newspaper, and what is included in the basic structure of a news article.  They will examine historical newspapers from several eras and then compare them to today's newspapers.  Students will then take on the role of a journalist and write a news article about a hot topic or current event. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Lynn Ann Wiscount, Vince Mariner, Erin Halovanic

Examining Primary Sources from the Civil War

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Primary sources provide firsthand evidence and perspectives of historical events by the person writing them.  Students will read various types of correspondence (letters, diaries, and postcards) and analyze their content.  Students will then take on the role of a citizen and write a letter as if they were part of a major event of the Civil War. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Lynn Ann Wiscount, Vince Mariner, Erin Halovanic