This WebQuest has been designed for middle school students. I have given my students a full week of class time to complete their research and to finish their actual newspapers. I have found that my classes go about 50-50 as regards using the MS Word template for their newspapers and creating their own. A note for using the template: your students will definitely not be able to fit all of their articles onto one page of the template. I have advised students to download multiple copies of the template and to rename them (page 2, page 3, etc.).
This WebQuest fulfills the following Washington State Social Studies Learning Standards for the 8th Grade:
History 4.1.2 (part 1) - Understands how the following themes and developments help to define eras in US History from 1776 to 1900: Fighting for independence and framing the Constitution (1776-1815)
Civics 1.1.1 - Understands key ideals and principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the U.S. Constitution, including the rule of law, separation of powers, representative government, and popular sovereignty, and the Bill of Rights, including due process and freedom of expression.
Geography 3.2.1 - Understands that the U.S. government includes concepts of both a democracy and a republic.
Social Studies Skills 5.2.1 - Creates and uses research questions that are tied to an essential question to focus inquiry on an issue.
As with any other project done by teachers, there exists a long line of professionals whose work I have had the privilege of building upon. One of the best skills a teacher can have is the ability to share freely that which they have learned. To that end, please feel free to use, manipulate, change, or throw out any part or parts of this WebQuest to better serve your own students.
List of Washington State Social Studies Standards
Description: Information from the website of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of Washington State.
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