A Backpack Journalist provides documentary photography, storytelling, collection of oral histories, and real-world journalism experiences for students throughout the Lowcountry.

Appropriate for upper elementary and middle school grades.

Sample ELEs:

3rd – 8th Grade | ELA and Science

Cover the Assignment: Do you have a special event you wish for your students to participate in as reporters or photographers?  Would you like to enrich student learning about a particular subject or thematic unit?  The study of fossils is a great example.  Students have hands-on experiences by investigating slate from the hills of Colorado, and then visiting via films the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, Colorado.  All research and findings are published in a full-color book or newspaper.

3rd – 8th Grade | ELA, History, and Art

Norman Rockwell’s Historical and Career Connections Storytelling: Rockwell’s work often depicted the American way of life, and in doing so, he also wove a story into his paintings. Our thematic units include Language Arts, History and, Social Studies, and we include the teacher resource materials available from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Each student will create their own Saturday Evening Post cover and research the historical elements to support their cover. Each student researches, writes, and then has their cover published in a full-color book.  Some examples of Rockwell’s work to be on display include: Saying Grace, Triple Self Portrait, The Runaway, The Golden Rule, The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear), Outward Bound, Going and Coming, The Gossips, The Shiner, Girl at the Mirror, The Marriage License, and New Kids in the Neighborhood.


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