The Reporting From . . . series combines writing and history into a fun assignment that can be done by a single student or an entire classroom. This unit includes “The Big Picture” that provides a brief summary of people and events related to the Great Depression. It’s designed to serve as a springboard for further discovery and to help students understand how the people and events in the unit are related. An “On Assignment” section follows, which includes ten newspaper reporter assignments, from reporting on the bank crisis and attending a farm sale to interviewing farmers dealing with the dust storms. Next, the student is given newspaper templates to create their news articles. Photographs are included to give the student’s paper an authentic feel. When the student or class is done, they will have ten illustrated articles related to the Great Depression and a better understanding of the events and people involved. 46 pages total. Ages 8-13.
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