The History Hounds lesson utilizes various technology tools and programs for students to create a newspaper that contains articles, photos, and advertisements from historical events in their community. The central question for this lesson is "What changes have taken place in our community?" Before the activity, students collect photos, news articles, stories, and other memorabilia from past events. These items are reformatted into a newspaper for display. Students also decide how to assess their work and present their completed newspapers.

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Online Student Activity


Learners explore the changes in their community by researching events and photos for an "old fashioned" newspaper. Technology tools such as word processing, page layout, photo enhancing, and using clip art are learned while students design, write, and print their own accounts of what changes have occurred in their community.



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Technology Use


Before you jump into this project, you'll need to do some warm-up activities that help you develop an overview of the local community history. Arranging for field trips, inviting guest speakers, contacting the local historical society, library and/or museum are excellent ways to discover the local historical resources. Developing a community history time line to show what happened and when serves as a good organizer and focusing device.

If you need help with creating a newspaper, perhaps the school librarian or a local newspaper person or team will work with your class or you can find assistance from resources online.

Driving question: How does my community and the changes it goes through affect me?


Before you start publishing the newspaper, the class needs to share what is already known about the history of where you live. And, more importantly, decide what you want to know about your community's history!


Upon completion of this lesson, the student will:

Downloading and Printing Files

These pages can be downloaded to your computer as files. Files can then be opened and printed. You can choose from two file formats:

Microsoft document format opens the files in Microsoft Word. You can make changes in the pages before printing them.

Acrobat Reader or Portable Document Format (pdf) opens the files in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Pages cannot be edited in this format. However, .pdf files are less likely to be distorted. Pages that contain graphics or large images look better in .pdf and print very nicely. For your convenience, Acrobat Reader can be accessed from this page.

Microsoft Word (.doc)

History Hounds Lesson

Acrobat Reader (.pdf)

History Hounds Lesson

About Acrobat Reader

Files in the .pdf format can be read using Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is a free software. You can download and install it by clicking on the link below.

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