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Historical Newspaper Project


Introduction: The aim of this activity is that students read, analyse and reflect on the processes and main events involved in the French Revolution. To this end, they will publish a newspaper as if it had been compiled in this historical period.

Duration: 6 sessions (depending on the amount of time you give students to complete the final task).

Age and number of students: 15–16-year-old students (we carried out the activity with 2 classes of 18 students each).

Organisation of the activities:

1. Students work in groups and decide which section of the newspaper they want to create (economy, personalities, main events…).

2. Students work with the French and History teacher to analyse a selection of texts and online resources to be used in the production of their section.

3. When they have processed the information and it is ready to be included in the newspaper, students have to decide about a single editing style and typography conventions.

4. Finally, students produce a single newspaper to be printed and later used by other groups interested in learning about this historical process.

Results achieved: Students were able to fully understand the key elements of the section they were working on to produce the task and, second, learn about the work of the other groups in order to get a comprehensive idea of the French Revolution.

Challenges and how they were addressed: Some of the ideas and concepts presented were difficult at first. However, the joint sessions with both teachers in the class allowed for more complete explanations.

Strengths and areas of improvement:

Teachers: should have had joint teaching in, at least, one of the sessions.

Students: Development of investigation, analytical and writing skills, creativity and autonomy.