The Assignment is broken into seperate articles/components:

Novel Article:
Now you need to decide which of the climaxes of the story you want to cover. You need to choose between:
§ The mysterious death of Curley’s wife
§ The death of a migrant worker at the Soledad pond

° The article can not be more less than 700 words and no more than 1000 words
° No column may measure more than 3 inches wide/font no bigger than
° Include an eye catching headline
° Include the writer’s (reporter’s) name as the “by-line”
° Start the article with an identification of the location (ie. Soledad, California)
° ALSO, create a 40 word abstract (summary) of the article that would be posted on a database that best summarizes the key element so of your article.

Historical Article:
Your editor is excited about the additional article you want to add to the front page of the paper about your research project. You need to focus on the key elements of the event, also know as the 4-Ws & the H (who, what, where, when, why and how) along with why the general public would be interested in the story.

° The article can not be less than 800 words and no more than 1200 words
° Include an strong headline that focuses on the key element of your article
° Include the writer’s (author’s) name as the “by-line”
° Identify the location of the event
° ALSO, create a 30 word abstract (summary) of the article that would be posted on a database that best summarizes the key element so of your article.

Editorial Article:

You have been also asked to put your own opinion on the line under a “non-deplume”, that’s an alias by the editors of the paper. An editorial is a personal opinion or biased writing on a subject or topic of interest to the readers of the paper. Consider either of the two articles.

If you choose the novel article, consider the events and possibly connect it to the concepts we addressed as part of themes/symbols of the story (consult your novel guide for help).

If you choose the historical article, consider how the events may play out for the country and the world. Put yourself in the shoes of the average American during the 1930’s. Why would the event be important? What could happen because of it? Be able to elaborate on the topic.

o The article can not be less than 400 words and no more than 900 words
o Include a headline that hints to the topic and your opinion
o Include an alias for the writer of the editorial and add to the by-line
o Incorporate persuasion into the piece to support your point and make your audience agree with your opinion


Images can be added anywhere on the front page. However, make sure they are relevant to the pieces you have written. They should be large enough and clear enough to see and have captions that bullet the key point of recognition as to which article the photos belong to.

Banner & Key:

Every paper has a banner. This includes the name of the paper, city, date, price, and usually additional key information shared quickly (ie. Weather for the day, what another part of the paper may have as an article, etc).

You will create a name for your paper, pick a city, date and price of your paper. You may pick any other topic (sports, arts, economics) to create a banner teaser for the “rest of the paper”. This should be laid out to best impress a reader who would be choosing your paper over the competition. On the bottom of the page you need to develop a key to help readers find key elements of news they may want to go to directly. This should include at least six other elements found in a daily paper (ie. Stock market, obituaries, etc)


A catchy headline is key to selling papers. Using the top section just below the banner, create a strong headline that will lead the reader into your novel article.

Work Cited page
One copy must be attached to the back of the front page and another with the hard copy you will hand in with a copy of each article.