Seattle.gov Home Page
Seattle.gov This Department
Seattle City Clerk's Home Page Seattle City Clerk's Home Page Seattle City Clerk's About Us Page Seattle City Clerk's Contact Us Page
Online Information Resources
Search Collections Exhibits and Education Seattle Facts About the Archives

Exhibits & Education
Online Exhibits
Digital Document Libraries
Seattle Voices
Find of the Month
SMA Flickr Site
Learning

Washington State Historical Newspaper Project

Name: ______________________________________________

Decade you'll be covering: ________________________

Your task:
Create the front page of a Washington newspaper from a particular decade in history. You will research and write news articles about two different topics from your decade - one being the Washington State topic that you choose in class, and the other being any topic of your choice, from anywhere in the world, from that same decade. This project will be done on poster board or tag board. The goal is to make this newspaper look as realistic as possible.

See some ideas for topics.

Timeframe:
You will have three full class periods in the library for research. You have three weeks to complete the project.

Other pieces of the project are due before the final due date:

  • Bibliography and Guided Research Notes
  • Rough drafts of introductory paragraphs for each article
  • For in-class workdays, bring necessary materials:

Project Requirements:

  1. Article on Washington State topic ____________________________
    • Must be at least 5 paragraphs, 5-8 sentences per paragraph
    • As you write about the topic be sure to answer the key questions: who was involved? what happened? where did it happen? why did it happen? and when did it happen?
    • Type, proofread carefully, and don't plagiarize
  2. Article on topic of your choice _______________________________
    • This can be a topic from anywhere - Washington, elsewhere in the U.S., another country - as long as it's in your decade of history
    • Possible ideas: entertainment, sports, business, fashion, editorial, world news, science, etc.
    • Must be at least 3 paragraphs, 5-8 sentences each
    • All of the same expectations from the other article apply here
  3. Map - One of the articles must have a map that shows where exactly the event or events took place. This map needs to be hand-drawn or traced - no cutting and pasting. Include a typed caption that explains the map.
  4. Pictures - Each article needs to have at least one picture that shows an important person, place, or thing related to the topic. These can be neatly hand-drawn or cut and pasted. Be sure to include typed captions for all pictures.
  5. Extra features - You want to have as little blank space as possible on your front page, just like a real newspaper, so think of filling small spaces with classified ads, political cartoons, help wanted notices, an index for your paper, weather report, etc.
  6. Resources - You will fill out a Bibliography Worksheet as you conduct your research. Read that sheet carefully so that you understand the number of resources that are required.
  7. Overall Appearance:
    • Large heading with the name (make up your own) and date of your newspaper
    • Headline for each article
    • Articles need to be in column form, the same as real newspapers
    • Leave some space around the outer edge of your newspaper
    • Color is optional, pencil marks should be erased or done over in pen
    • Typed and well organized