WHAT: Your project is to create a two-page newspaper about the life and accomplishments of an important individual who played a role in advancing scientific (chemical) understanding.
WHY: Sometimes people feel that they can't make much of a difference in the wold. It's easy to sometimes feel like a small fish in a big ocean. However, much of the world's present and past scientific discoveries have been greatly influenced by the actions of key individuals. You newspaper will bring out the important link between the conditions in the world ad the individuals who influenced and changed those conditions. By using the newspaper format, you can share your research with others, and by writing representative articles distinguish between fact and opinion.
HOW: Draw a scientist from the box available in your science class.
REQUIRED ELEMENTS OF THE NEWSPAPER-- READ CAREFULLY!
Use the blanks to check off the items as you complete them.
_____ MASTHEAD: This is the area where you place the name of your newspaper. It should be 4-5 centimeters high and attractively designed in bold print. Your design should be original and must include your name and the due date. The title should reflect some characteristic from the personality or accomplishments of your scientist, or reflect the historical period from the time of your individual.
- Example:Personality - "Archimedes Buoyant Blast"
- Accomplishments - "Newton in Motion"
- Historical Period - "The Alchemist's Advisor"
_____ CARTOON: You will create and draw a cartoon that expresses an opinion about either the accomplishments of your scientist or the world events from that time.
_____ EDITORIAL: Write an editorial concerning the VALUE of the accomplishments of your scientist. Perhaps your editorial can be from the perspective of won who opposes your scientist's actions.
_____ LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Write a letter to the editor that expresses an opinion of a real or imaginary individual living during the same period as your scientist. The letter should concern either the accomplishments of your scientist or the events of the day (time) in which he or she lived.
_____ ARTICLES: Write two factual accounts from the following topics:
- 1. Times - What major world events were occurring in your individual's field or in the world in general?
- 2. Biography - Explain the background of your scientist. Tell about his or her birth, home life, education, and career. This is where you paint a word portrait of your scientist using personality traits, hobbies, or other personal characteristics.
- 3. Achievements - Tell your readers of the major accomplishments of your key individual and why he/she is important.
_____ HEADLINES: Your newspaper components should all have headlines written in capital letters. Use catchy headlines that sum up the main idea of each part.
_____ BIBLIOGRAPHY: This will be a separate sheet of paper turned in with your newspaper. This should list at least four sources you used to gather information about your scientist. Follow standard bibliographic format.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
_____ DUMMY SHEET Develop a dummy sheet for your newspaper on both sides of an 8.5 x 14 sheet of paper. This sheet shows where the various components will be placed. Block out the areas that the headlines, masthead, articles, and cartoon will occupy.
_____ EDIT: Check to see if your copy fits the layout. If it doesn't, make adjustments to make it fit. Decide on the most important parts and cut the rest.
_____ FINAL VERSION: Prepare the final version. Type or print very neatly in three-inch columns. Don't forget to capitalize and expand the print on the headline.. Paste the final columns to the layout sheet. Use art and color to make your newspaper attractive.
The completed newspaper is to be turned in on ____________________.
Beginning List of Source Scientists:
Agassiz Agricola Alvarez Ampere
Archimedes Aristotle Arrhenius Audobon
Avery Avicenna Avogadro Bacon, F.
Bacon, R. Banting Beadle Beaumont
Becquerel Bernard Berzelius Bohr
Boltzmann Boyle Brahe Calvin
Carothers Carver Cavendish Celsius
Chadwick Chargaff Clausius Copernicus
Crick Curie, M. Curie,P., Cuvier
Dalton Darwin DeVries Ehrlich
Einstein Faraday Fermi Fischer
Fleming Franklin Galen Gallilei
Gauss Gibbs Goddard Goeppert
Gray Grew Hales Halley
Harvey Heisenberg Helmholz Herschel
Hershey Hippocrates Holmes Hooke
Humboldt Hutton Huygens Hypatia
Jenner Jerne Joliet Joule
Kelvin Kepler Kirchoff Koch
Krebs Lamarck Landsteiner Laplace
Lavoisier Lawrence Leeuwenhoek Leonardo da Vinci
Linnaeus Lister Lyell Maxwell
McClintock Medawar Mendel Mendeleev
Meyerhoff Miller Millikan Mitchell, M.
Mitchell, P. Morgan Muller Newton
Nirenberg Oppenheimer Pasteur Pauli
Pauling Pavlov Planck Priestly
Ptolemy Reed Roentgen Rutherford
Sabin Sagan Salk Schrodinger
Seaborg Teller Theophrastus Thomson
Urey Versalius Watson Wohler
Woodward Wu Young
Project suggested by Priscilla Morton, Torrey Pines High School, La Jolla, CA.
Contributed by Michael E. Sixtus, Mar Vista High School, Imperial Beach, CA 91932.
Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Chemistry
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
CN 5281, Princeton NJ 08543-5281