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Lesson Overview

In order to appreciate historical fiction, students need to understand the factual context and recognize how popular culture reflects the values, mores, and events of the time period. Since a newspaper records significant events and attitudes representative of a period, students create their own newspapers utilizing primary source materials from the American Memory collections.


Students will be able to:

  • locate, analyze, and evaluate primary source images and text from the American Memory collections; and
  • synthesize fictional events and primary source materials as they create parallel stories for a newspaper project.


Time Required

  • One week

Recommended Grade Level

  • 9-12


  • News, Journalism & Advertising
  • Arts & Culture


  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929


Margie Rohrbach and Janie Koszoru