The events of To Kill a Mockingbird would have made the news, and likely some would have been front page in local or county newspapers. For this assignment, students can select any major event in the novel, such as the trial or even the death of Tom Robinson, and create the front page of a newspaper that features this story. They should use evidence from the text, as well as quotes if necessary, to support their news story.
Students should be sure to include illustrations of scenes or portraits to accompany their headlines much like a real newspaper. They may also want to include advertisements or news from Alabama around that time period in order to set the events of the novel into the context of the time.
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Objective: Create the front page of a newspaper set during or just after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Headline and Descriptions
Students include a catchy headline for the front page as well as detailed descriptions for each event illustrated that explain what happened in a minimum of 3-5 sentences.
The headline and/or the descriptions for the events can be understood but it is somewhat unclear or too brief.
The front page is missing either the headline or descriptions of each of the events depicted.
The illustrations represent the events using appropriate scenes, characters and items. It is clear the student took time and care in creating the illustrations.
The illustrations partially relate to the events but they are difficult to understand or appear rushed.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the key events of the story.
Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation
Final product is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
Final product contains up to three errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar that do not alter the meaning of the text.
Final product contains more than three errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar.