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SPREAD THE NEWS!

Use these guidelines to help you create a newspaper announcing the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

1. The entire newspaper will be devoted to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Your team should decide how many pages the newspaper will be, what topics your news stories will cover, and how much space you will give each story.

2. Create a title for your newspaper. On page 1, you will need a banner headline to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It will appear directly below the name of your paper. The lead news story should appear on the front page, with a smaller headline (or headlines) above it. This main story should clearly explain (in your own words) what each of the three sections of Declaration of Independence says.

3. Other front-page stories should relate to the lead story but give more information. Examples might include a story about the possible effects of the Declaration; biographies of important signers, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin; more details on the actual signing; and information about the State House in Philadelphia (known today as Independence Hall) where the Declaration was signed.

4. Use the last page of your paper for an editorial. On this page, the editor of this pro-patriot newspaper should describe how he or she feels about the signing of the Declaration and what the future of the newly independent nation might be. The editorial might also point out that people may need to sacrifice, and continue battling the British, in order to hold onto independence.

5. As space allows, include human interest stories, such as John Hancock's explanation for signing his name in such big letters. You might include a reporter-on-the-street interview with ordinary citizens and their reactions to the news. You will have to use your imagination for this column.

6. Include hand-drawn art, such as patriotic banners and symbols of patriotism, for example the Liberty Bell.

7. In all stories, remember to answer the five W's and an H:
Who?   What?   Where?   When?   Why?   How?


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