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Activity Overview

As students read the novel, it can be helpful to connect the real events of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl with the story. A helpful way to do this is for students to create a newspaper! Using one of the newspaper templates, students can create the front page of a newspaper that the characters might have read during their time in the story. Students will make inferences based on the text and may also complete additional research to flesh out their project.

As an extended or classroom activity, have students create the whole newspaper, including various interior articles that also follow sub plots or real life events. Students can print their newspaper pages out, and they can be bound together as a class!

For additional templates to include in this assignment, check out our Newspaper Poster and Newspaper Worksheet templates!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Newspaper Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create the front page of a newspaper set during or just after the events of the story. Feel free to use historical context for your article!

  1. Click "Start Assignment."
  2. Create a title for your newspaper and a catchy headline for the main story.
  3. Use appropriate scenes, characters and items to create "photographs" for your article.
  4. Include captions for "photographs".
  5. Write the accompanying text for the main story, and any other articles on the front page.
    • You may need to delete the placeholder lines and add new Textables.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

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