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Introduction

It is June 1815 and word has just arrived from Europe (via New York and Washington) that all of the principal parties have signed the Treaty of Ghent.  You own a small printing press and live inside Fort Dearborn (Chicago), part of the Illinois Territory.  You have decided to print a special edition newspaper that will recap the War of 1812.

 

The Task      The Process      Resources      Evaluation

 

 

The Task

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Create a 4-page newspaper.  The newspaper should include all of the following:

1.       An article that summarizes the original causes of the war.

2.       Three short articles on three different strategic battles.

3.       Three articles on people who played an important part in the war.

4.       An article on the results of the Treaty of Ghent.

5.       An article about a poem or song with a brief discussion.

6.       Another special interest story.

7.       A timeline.

8.       One editorial.

9.       One editorial cartoon.

10.   One advertisement.

 

The Process

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When writing your articles think about your audience.  They probably will already know about many of the happenings (some happened more than five years earlier).  It is your job to bring these events back to life (you want to create interest and sell newspapers!)

1.        Research the causes of the war and write an article that discusses them.

 

2.        Select three battles that you want to do articles on.  Articles should include (but are not limited to) when and where the battles were fought; their strategic importance to the war; key people, weapons and strategies involved; and the outcome. 

      Possible candidates include:

·         Battle of Tippecanoe

·         Battles of the Atlantic

·         Battle of Queenston Heights

·         Battle of Lake Erie

·         Battle of Thames

·        Battle of Lundy's Lane

 

        ·      The Creek War

·         Battle of Bladensburg/Washington

·         Battle of Baltimore  (Fort McHenry)

·         Battle of Lake Champlain/Plattsburgh Bay

·         Battle of New Orleans

3.        Select three people that lived during the war and write a biographical sketch about them. Emphasis should be put on their involvement in the war.

      Possible candidates include:

·         Henry Clay

·         Stephen Decatur

·         William Henry Harrison

·         Andrew Jackson

·         Francis Scott Key

 

·         Dolley Madison

·         James Madison

·         Oliver Hazard Perry

·      Tecumseh

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4.        Write an article that summarizes the Treaty of Ghent.  You may want to cover who and where it was negotiated too.  If you think about it this might be the only current event your paper has.

5.        Print the text of a poem or song from the era and briefly discuss it.

6.        This could be on weapons, conventions, women, crime and punishment, privateers, Old Ironsides, etc.

7.        Create a timeline that includes dates (month/year).  Start with the causes, work through major events and battles and finish with the Battle of New Orleans.

8.        Write an editorial.  This is an article that is opinionated.  You can talk about the good, the bad, the ugly, etc.  (Should appear next to the editorial cartoon).

9.        Draw an editorial cartoon.  You cannot do this on the causes since we have already created one on that section.   (Should appear next to the editorial).

10.     Have someone in your group research what life may have been like back then and develop an appropriate newspaper advertisement.  If you need some filler space (articles do not quite fill the four pages) you may create more than one (or want ads).  If you have any questions about the appropriateness of any of these ask or do not publish them.

11.     Use no more than two fonts.  Use graphics throughout.

 

Resources

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Creating America (text book)

 

Library—Ms. Furseth has set aside a cart of relevant books.  Additionally, you may find some information in encyclopedias about the causes, people, battles and the Treaty of Ghent among others.

 

Internet—the Internet should be used after you have used the library’s resources and for some hard to find topics.

 

 

All in one sites

http://members.tripod.com/~war1812/index.html  (sometimes inaccessible due to usage time)

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/index.html  (see links)

http://www.militaryheritage.com/1812link.htm

 

   

Backgroud

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/background/index.html

 

Battles

http://members.tripod.com/~war1812/allbat.html

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/locations/index.html

You must know where your battle was fought on this site

 

 

Timeline

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/chronology/index.html

http://www.militaryheritage.com/1812events.htm

 

 

People

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/people/american.html

Women

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/people/womenatwar.html

Boys

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/people/boysatwar.html

 

Songs and Poems

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/people/songsandpoems.html

 

Graphics

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/catalogues/index.html

 

Galafilm site map

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/help/sitemap.html

http://galafilm.com/1812/e/help/about.html

Images, portraits

http://images.google.com/

 

 

 

Evaluation

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Student Name ___________________

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Requirements

All of the required content was present.

Almost all the required content was present.

At least 75% of the required content was present.

Less than 75% of the required content was present.

Knowledge Gained

All students in the group can accurately answer all questions related to stories in the newspaper.  

All students in the group can accurately answer most questions related to stories in the newspaper .

Most students in the group can accurately answer most questions related to a) stories in the newspaper..  

Several students in the group appear to have little knowledge about the facts.

Articles - Interest

The articles contain facts, figures, and/or word choices that make the articles exceptionally interesting to readers.

The articles contain facts, figures, and/or word choices that make the articles interesting to readers.

The article contains some facts or figures but is marginally interesting to read.

The article does not contain facts or figures that might make it interesting to read.

Graphics

Graphics are in focus, are well cropped and are clearly related to the articles they accompany.  Layout is uniform and well thought out. 

Graphics are in focus and are clearly related to the articles they accompany.   Layout is planned and adds to the presentation.

80-100% of the graphics are clearly related to the articles they accompany.   Little effort in designing layout.

More than 20% of the graphics are not clearly related to the articles OR no graphics were used. No uniform layout.

Spelling and Proofreading

No spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.

No more than a couple of spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.

No more than 3 spelling or grammar errors remain after one or more people (in addition to the typist) read and correct the newspaper.  

Several spelling or grammar errors remain in the final copy of the newspaper.

Contributions of Group Members

Each person in the group has contributed at least three articles and one graphic without prompting from teachers or peers.

Each person in the group has contributed at least three articles and one graphic with a few reminders from peers.  

Each person in the group has contributed at least two articles with some minimal assistance from peers.

One or more students in the group required quite a lot of assistance from peers before contributing two articles.

*You will be given an essay evaluation where you will need to discuss all the information contained in your paper (you are responsible for knowing and understanding everything everyone in your group wrote and contributed).

Additionally, you may be given points for keeping track of your daily progress and there will be some guided reading worksheets to complete.