renaissance Mrs. Sauter
Washington-Lee High School Social Studies Teacher
This page is designed to help with our studies of Renaissance Europe.  Most of this page is directly related to your Elizabethan Times Project.  From this site, you can link to internet sites that will help with your research.  Please remember that a great deal of information about the Renaissance is available through printed materials.  There is a reserved book cart in the WLHS Library especially for your use.

This page also has some special activities that you can do to help you study about Renaissance Europe and prepare for our tests.

Newspaper Project Instructions:


To compliment our study of Renaissance Europe and Shakespearean literature, you are going to publish a newspaper entitled The Elizabethan Times.  You will be the "cub reporter", graphics artist, editor, and publisher. You need to keep in mind that Elizabeth I was queen of England and Ireland from 1558 - 1603.  [Hint: All your articles must be appropriate to this range of years!]  Your edition of The Elizabethan Times will "hit the streets" on November 27, 2000.  [Another hint: That's the due date!]

We will begin this project in the WLHS Library computer lab.  All students are expected to use the software package Inspiration to record your research results, document research sources, and prepare an outline.  Your Inspiration notes will be turned in along with your final product.

What articles to include in your newspaper:
# Local:  Something happening in London during the time.
# National: Something happening in England during the time.
# Regional:  Something happening in Europe (not England, however, during the time.
# International:  Something happening in the world (but not England/Europe) during the time.
# Style:  Something about the Arts, fashion, or food of the period.
# Recreation:  Something about leisure time activities of the period.
# Editorial:  An original editorial or political cartoon appropriate to the period.

Final product:
Ì You will be provided with plain paper, which is 11" by 17". Compress the paper onto two sides of the paper by minimizing "white space".  Maximum length is one page front and back.
Ì Articles should be word-processed. Graphics illustrations may be computer generated.  However, everything must be neatly transferred to the11" by 17" paper.
Ì Handwritten and drawn items must be neat and legible.
Ì Two xerographic copies of your newspaper on 11" by 17" paper.

What you are going to turn in besides the newspaper:
R Research folder including your notes upon which the stories are based.  This is your Inspiration outline.
R A formal bibliography of sources used.

Formatting Requirements:

¨ Use the 11" by 17" paper I have provided unless you already have your own supply of white paper this size.
¨ Leave margins at the top, bottom and sides of the paper.  (Think of your paper as having a white frame.)  This will be very important when you have your newspaper photocopied.
¨ Include an attractive masthead at the top of the paper.  You may wish to block it in.  Use a special font and a larger size.  Do not underline the masthead.  Be sure to include:
· London, England
· The date span
· Issue and number
¨ Decide the size of each column.  You will probably want to think in terms of a three-column page, or variations with some space between the columns.  (Oh, no!  This sounds like a math problem to solve.)
¨ Box in any pictures and drawings with a thin line.
¨ Focus on the layout.  This is like a puzzle.  You want to minimize "white space" but you also need for the layout to be visually pleasing.

Key Points:
¨ Include by-lines for your articles and cartoons.
¨ Include at least one black and white drawing/picture.  (This means no color graphics!)  This is in addition to the political cartoon if you decide to do one instead of an editorial.
¨ Every drawing should have a credit(source). This will be the one exception to not citing sources in the newspaper.
¨ Every article should have a headline.  (Select an attractive font and larger size; capitalize the first letter of each word.)

What to Submit:
¨ Your original layout.
¨ Two xerographic copies (11" by 17") which can be made at Staples or Kinko's for a reasonable price.  If you need help with this, please see me one week before the newspaper is due (preferably by 11/20/2000).

¨ Ask for help as needed.  Do not wait until the last minute.
¨ Have fun while you're learning and working on this project.

Elizabethan Times Project
Evaluation Rubric

Ø Your articles give an excellent overview of  what happened during the period.
Ø Time period: 1558 - 1603.
Ø All seven topics are covered.
Ø All articles are well researched and factually accurate. They clearly demonstrate what you have learned.
Ø Visuals are attractive, informative, appropriate to the period, and in black-and-white.
Ø All articles are well written and clear.
Ø Proofread very carefully.  Ask someone else to critically read your stories before finalizing.
Ø Be consistent in the way you handle minute details in each story.
Ø Research Folder, Inspiration documents, and bibliography document extensive research effort.
Ø All format requirements are met.
Ø Appropriate original and two copies are submitted on time.

Good (Same as excellent except):
Ø Your articles give a good overview of what happened during the period.
Ø Articles show research and are mostly accurate.
Ø Visuals relate to the subject matter.
Ø Most articles are well written and clear.
Ø Paper shows evidence of proofreading and editing.
Ø Research folder, Inspiration documents, and bibliographpy document good research effort.

Acceptable (Same as good except):
Ø Your articles give an adequate overview of what happened during the period.
Ø Articles show some research and are generally accurate.
Ø Most articles are fairly well written and clear.
Ø Research folder, Inspiration documents, and bibliography document acceptable research effort.
Ø Most format requirements are followed.

Ø Significant information about your topics is missing from your articles.
Ø Articles are poorly researched and even inaccurate.
Ø Visuals are inadequate or unclear or do not relate to the period.
Ø Articles are poorly written or confusing.
Ø Research folder, Inspiration documents, and bibliography are incomplete and fail to document acceptable research efforts.
My Quia activities and quizzes
Review the Renaissance and Reformation
Renaissance and Reformation
Renaissance Hangman
Review the Renaissance
Useful links
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