You have been assigned to the staff of a World War I-era newspaper. The publisher has directed you to particular links on the Newswire. You will write an article drawing upon knowledge gained from your exploration of American Memory and from additional print and electronic resources.
A 1917 newspaper would have a different style and organization compared to a paper of the present day. You may consult Chronicling America for examples of newspapers from 1917.
As you prepare the preliminary draft of your article, you should pay attention to these guidelines:
- Gather together all your research notes and completed Primary Source Analysis Tools.
- Prepare a rough outline of the material you want to include in your article.
- Create a headline in block letters and a byline sentence of explanation.
- Your first paragraph should begin with an engaging statement or question to capture the reader's interest. Try to incorporate the who, what, when, where, and why components.
- Provide details, quotes, and background information in your middle paragraphs.
- The last paragraph allows you to finish and summarize your story. It is not necessary to say "in conclusion".
- Write clearly and with conviction. You are representing a newspaper with a decided stance on the issue of World War I.
- Turn in your article with bibliography of sources consulted and Primary Source Analysis Tools.