by Tedd Brent, West Hills High School

In this WebQuest, students will work to identify and define key components of reputable periodicals, create a rubric to rate a magazine based on criteria they develop, and become judges for a faux magazine contest. Each group will produce an argumentative essay justifying whether or not a magazine given to them by the instructor would be conferred or denied an award in the faux contest based upon their rubric.

Introduction

 

Whenever someone creates something, someone else lines up to criticize it. When it comes to magazines and other publications, you don't have to look far to find people who will judge every aspect of everything that's fit to print: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leJCN-bdfvM

You are no exception. You know what you like to read, what you don't like to read, what kinds of layouts in books and magazines look good and which ones are not appealing. How much time, however, have you spent thinking about the "why" you like some things and not others? As a member of the newspaper staff, other people are going to be reading and making judgements about what you write and create in the pages of the school newspaper. Therefore, we are going to climb into your head-- and the heads of your readers-- to get down to the nuts and bolts, the nitty-gritty, of what does and does not appeal to people in what they read.