Task

Your group will write and design an issue of The Maycomb Tribune, the local newspaper of the fictional town in To Kill a Mockingbird. Be sure to carefully read and follow these directions:

 

*You may include news and entertainment stories, comics and pictures, opinion columns, etc., but you MUST report on Jim Crow laws, the Tom Robinson case, and the Scottsboro trials.

 

*Each member of the group must contribute an equal amount of work to the newspaper (3-5 pieces or at least one page of work), but may do so in various ways – writing news stories, drawing comics, writing editorials, etc. Along with submitting this work, each group member will have an assigned role: 

 

 

 

 

For Groups of Three:

 

Editor-in-Chief – The Editor-in-Chief’s job is to compile a list of and set deadlines for stories, articles, and drawings. She will decide, with the help of the group, what goes in the paper and what should be left out. She will make sure her writers are on task, and she will oversee the process of sending work through the Copy Editor to the Layout Editor. Also, she will collect a “works cited” list from each group member and compile a “works cited” page in MLA format. This person must be able to work well with her “staff”!

 

Layout Editor – This student will collect all of the group’s work via email and keep it in a safe, organized folder on her laptop. She will use Microsoft Publisher to design the layout of the newspaper, find photos/artwork or collect them from group members, place and arrange the group’s work, and maintain the file to be submitted. Along with being responsible enough to hold on to the file, this person must have an eye for design!

Copy Editor – The Copy Editor will proofread everyone’s work (along with her own) before it is submitted to the Layout Editor. It is her responsibility to make sure every piece of work has been proofread, is historically accurate, and is ready for press! This person must have a knack for spelling and grammar, the ability to constructively criticize her classmates, and a desire to make the final copy as perfect as it can be!

***In addition, all three group members must submit a “works cited” list in MLA format to the Editor-in-Chief. Also, everyone must double-check their own and each other’s facts. Historical information must be accurate, so be sure to research and re-research!***

 

For Groups of Four:

 

Editor-in-Chief – The Editor-in-Chief’s job is to compile a list of and set deadlines for stories, articles, and drawings. She will decide, with the help of the group, what goes in the paper and what should be left out. She will make sure her writers are on task, and she will oversee the process of sending work through the Copy Editor and Research Editor to the Layout Editor. This person must be able to work well with her “staff”!

Layout Editor – This student will collect all of the group’s work via email and keep it in a safe, organized folder on her laptop. She will use Microsoft Publisher to design the layout of the newspaper, find photos/artwork or collect them from group members, place and arrange the group’s work, and maintain the file to be submitted. Along with being responsible enough to hold on to the file, this person must have an eye for design!

Copy Editor – The Copy Editor will proofread everyone’s work (along with her own) before it is submitted to the Layout Editor. It is her responsibility to make sure every piece of work has been proofread and is ready for press! This person must have a knack for spelling and grammar, the ability to constructively criticize her classmates, and a desire to make the final copy as perfect as it can be!

Research Editor – This student will read every piece of work and double-check for historical accuracy. It is important that she researches, re-researches, and tells the writers to check their facts. If she discovers that a student’s work has historical inaccuracies, she should send it back to be fixed. In addition, the Research Editor will collect “works cited” lists from each group member and compile a final “works cited” page to turn in with the newspaper. For the newspaper to be accurate, the Research Editor must have a good sense of what Alabama in the 1930s was like!

***In addition, all group members must submit a “works cited” list in MLA format to the Research Editor.***