U. S. History 443 Mr. Kozuch Civil War Reporting Project

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U.S. History - 443

Mr. Kozuch

Civil War Reporting Project
In this project, you will join a team of reporters (your group) broadcasting from the Civil War to the people of the 21st century in order to understand the Civil War.
Using your notes from your text and any research you do, your group will develop and present news reports from one of the major battles of the Civil War. Each broadcast team works for the television station from either the South or the North, so you will need to present your broadcast from that perspective.
Each team’s news report should be about 5-7 minutes long. It should be creative and engaging, and contain specific content that relates to the events you describe. Each report should include context and evidence, providing the listener information about who, what, when, where, how and why. You could decide to give two different sides within your country’s perspective on your front. You must use:

• at least one letter, diary or speech

• at least two visuals (picture, map or chart), to help you describe the situation.

You may use power point, the overhead projector or some other visual aid. You may also bring in props or costumes, though this is not required. You may use www.pbs.org/civilwar/ to supplement your project.

Your group’s grade (50 pts) will depend on how well everyone participates, the content of the report, and the presentation of the report. Each group participant will write a script for his or her segment of the newscast; each group will turn in all scripts as part of your grade. Evaluation breakdown will be as follows:

Content – the terms used and the specific information provided in your scripts (50%)

Group participation – cooperation and cohesiveness (35%)

Presentation – smoothness of newscast presentation (15%)

The final “copy” for the group’s report should be collated when you turn it in.

Be prepared for questions from the audience (including Mr. Kozuch)!

Anchor person - This is the person who provides the introduction, setting, and conclusion. This is a big job and extremely important. You may want to split the role in two if your group can do this.
Reporters & Interviewees - These are the people “at the scene”. They help provide specific information (ie. defined terms, impact statements, and the story). You may have your reporters interview people at the scene, in which case you will need people to interview (for our purposes, other reporters may have to double as interviewees).

Fronts to Choose From and Issues to Address:
The Peninsula Campaign:

  • McClellan’s cautiousness

  • Seven Days’ Campaign

  • 2nd Battle of Bull Run

Virginia Campaigns:

  • Antietam

• Fredericksburg (1862)

• The Wilderness Campaign and Chancellorsville

War in the West & Gettysburg:

  • Vicksburg

Final Phase:

  • Grant’s war of attrition

  • Sherman’s March to the Sea & Total War

Home Front (2):

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