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Maloney - Upfront Magazine Project: Assignment


Students will create their own version of a New York Times Up Front magazine.  Each magazine will consist of a modern topic which connects with both a historical unit and a novel or literary work read in the course.  Each individual will produce three articles from each individual in the group along with a map of the region or nations covered in the magazine along with important charts, graphs, statistics and visuals on the issue. 

Students should consult previous Up Front issues for research and information, graphics, and other items that will aid the process.

Each article will require annotated articles that are checked by the teacher prior to beginning the final typed product for each section.

Individual Responsibilities:

Research Article:  Summary of the Issue

  • This article will highlight the issue and provides pertinent information on the topic.
  • This article will contain research from the LibGuide.
  • This article will have a minimum of one quotation from a participant or eyewitness to your issue.
  • This article will have a minimum of three paragraphs that clear observations on the issue.
  • This article will have a map and a chart, graph, statistics, or important visual.
  • This article will have a minimum of two sources that includes eyewitness account.
  • Format:
    • First paragraph will explain the issue, who is involved and where it’s happening – The issue today
    • Second paragraph will explain when and where the issue originated– The history of the issue
    • Third paragraph will explain the significance of the issue – Why it matters to us

Note: Each paragraph will include a minimum of seven sentences.

Pro and Con Articles

  • This section will have a debatable question on the issue.
  • These articles will explain both sides of the question similar to the “Yes” and “No” articles in the Up Front magazine.You will write one paragraph for the “Yes” side and one paragraph for the “No” side.
  • These articles will follow the CEE (Claim, Evidence, and Explanation) paragraph format used this year.
  • These articles will contain a chart, graph, statistics, or a visual that supports the position taken in the article.

Historical and Literary Connection Article

  • This article will make a connection between the modern issue and one historical topic/unit and one novel studied during the year.
  • This article will contain a thesis statement that establishes the relationship between the issue, a novel/literary work AND a historical unit studied in the course.

Group Responsibilities:

Cover, Table of Contents, and Formatting

  • The group will create a cover with a title and visuals.
  • The group will produce a table of contents for the reader to easily access different articles.
  • The group will use the magazine feature in Microsoft Word.

What will we do to make a difference?

  • This article will explain how your group will become active around your issue.Your group will explain what you plan on doing to raise awareness or protest the issue.The following are options to consider:
    • Watch a documentary
    • Divest in a product
    • Write a letter to a local, state, or national politician
    • Create an online petition to raise awareness around your issue
    • Contribute to a charitable organization
    • Volunteer for a charitable organization or join an activist organization


Written Components:

  • Research Article:                     40 points
  • Pro and Con Article:                40 points
  • Connection Article:                  30 points
  • Group Collaboration Article:    20 points
  • Visuals:                                   10 points

Presentation Grade:

  • Presentation on final exam day:10 points

Final Project Topics:

21st Century Exploitation (continents – sex slaves, diamonds, sweatshops, child soldiers, health care, wealth distribution)

  • Historical units:Neolithic Revolution, Yali’s Question, Atlantic slave trade, sugar, Industrial Revolution, Revolutionary Rally, Arab Spring, Marxism and Socialism
  • Novels: Abina, The Kite Runner, Romeo and Juliet

Imperialism (U.S. and Iraq, U.S. and Afganistan, Russia and Crimea, China and Tibet, Americanization)

  • Historical units: Ancient Rome and Greece, Columbus, Cajamarca, WWI, WWII
  • Novels: Abina, The Kite Runner, The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Race/Ethnic and Gender Discrimination (racial profiling of Muslim Americans, Native Americans, African-Africans, immigration, Iraq, Afghanistan, China)

  • Historical units: Neolithic Revolution, Yali’s Question, “The Dawn”, Columbus, Japanese – internment camps, South Africa, India
  • Novels: The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Abina, The Kite Runner, Unbroken, The Life of Pi

Freedom and Security (drones, surveillance, torture, Guantanamo)

  • Historical units:WWII (bomb, internment camps, POWs), 9/11 and freedom vs. security, Confucianism and Legalism
  • Novels: The Lord of the Flies, The Kite Runner, Unbroken

 Disease, the Environment, and Hunger (AIDS, malaria, food deserts, famine, Ebola virus, MERS virus, Zika virus, global warming)

  • Historical units: Bubonic Plague, French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Native Americans and smallpox
  • Novels: The Lord of the Flies, The Kite Runner

Regional Violence and Wars over Resources (diamonds, drugs, oil, water)

  • Historical units: Neolithic Revolution, Yali’s Question, Atlantic slave trade, sugar, WWI and WWII
  • Novels: Abina, The Lord of the Flies, Unbroken and The Kite Runner

Terrorism (War on Terror, War in Iraq, War in Afghanistan, Syria, ISIS)

  • Historical units: Columbus, Cajamarca and Native American and European encounters, Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and WWI, Pearl Harbor and WWII, 9 – 11 and the War on Terror, Paris and Brussels, ISIS, Al – Qaeda, the reemergence of the Taliban
  • Novels: The Absolute True Diary of a Part – Time Indian, The Lord of the Flies, Unbroken

Militarism, Nuclear Weapons, and Dictators (North Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, China)

  • Historical units: WWI, WWII, the atomic bomb, Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito, Legalism in Ancient China
  • Novels:  Unbroken, The Lord of the Flies and The Kite Runner

Olympics, Exploitation, Poverty (Beijing, Sochi, Rio de Janeiro)

  • Historical units: 1936 Berlin Olympics, Industrial Revolution, socialism and capitalism
  • Novels: Unbroken, The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, The Kite Runner and Abina

The Election of 2016

  • Historical units: Enlightenment, revolutions, rise of dictators, FDR and WWII, War on Terror
  • Novels:  Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet, Unbroken and The Kite Runner