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Activity 5A: Role Play Newspaper


Summary
Students will create a newspaper or write news articles as though they witnessed the events.

Standard: Strand 1: American History

Grades 6-8

Concept 1: Research Skills for History

PO 4. Formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research

PO 5. Describe the differences between a primary and secondary source documents

PO 6. Determine the credibility and bias of primary and secondary sources

Grade 7

Concept 7. Emergence of the Modern United States

PO 5 c. Analyze the impact of industrialization on the United States - Unions

High School

Concept 1: Research Skills for History

PO 3. Formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research

PO 5. Evaluate primary and secondary sources

a. author's main points

b. purpose and perspective

c. facts vs. opinions

d. different points of view on same historical event

e. credibility and validity

Concept 7: Emergence of the Modern United States

PO 1: Analyze how the following aspects of industrialization transformed the American economy beginning in the late 19th century:

d. Labor movement (e.g., Bisbee Deportation)

Activity

A. Project Class Newspaper

    1. Either the whole class can work together on one newspaper or divide the class and have half create a newspaper purporting to be published from the miners point of view, and the other half of the class represent the viewpoint of the mine owners
    2. Ask students what do they find in a newspaper - news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, cartoons, interviews, obituaries, advertisements, and job ads.
    3. Have students volunteer or assign students to write different parts of the newspaper identified in previous question. Tell students they are putting together the newspaper for Bisbee Arizona, July 13, 1917.
    4. The class will review several of the documents listed below to gather the information for their newspaper piece.

B. News Article (alternate activity)

  1. Bring a few news articles to class and have students read an article and note how the article is organized.
  2. Ask students what they notice about how the article is organized.
  3. Show students how the first paragraph reviews or summarizes the rest of the article and subsequent paragraphs will weave in past events that relate to the main event of the new article. A good news article will include background information.
  4. Have all students write a news article as an eyewitness to events on the day of the deportation.  
  5. Students can be assigned to write the article as though they were writing a newspaper supporting the strikers or supporting the mine owners.
  6. The class will review several of the documents listed below to gather the information for their news article.

Worksheet

    Newspaper worksheet

Sources to Consult

History Overview  
Who's Who
Wobbly Tactics
Recollections of a Bisbee Deportee: Still on Strike!
Deportations from Bisbee
Newspapers
The Truth about Bisbee