Headline News! Leeches
Miss Heidi H. Haugen
Access Excellence - Genentech
Your group will be designing, editing, and publishing an educaitonal
newspaper on leeches. While designing your news publication, keep in
mind columns that you would see in a daily newspaper. For example, the
front page may have the "headline" news stories. The inner sections
may incorporate local and world news, weather and sports, business,
television, and comics. Don't forget the advertisements!
Your task is to utilize the reference books provided, encyclopedias,
pamphlets, and additional resources to research the history of leeches
and current information on leeches so as to incorporate this in your
Did You Know?
Those Amazing Leeches, Cheryl Mays Halton (Dillon Press, 1989)
- Leeches were used to draw blood in the Far East hundreds of years before traders brought knowledge of this method to Europe.
- During the nineteenth century, pharmacists and physicians kept leeches in decorative jars with tiny air holes in the lids.
- At one point, medicinal leeches were in such high demand that they nearly became extinct.
- In the past, women and children were paid to wade barelegged into ponds to gather leeches for use in medicine.
As a team, decide on the name for your publication. Next, decide who
will be publisher, reporter, editor, and illustrator (see the job
descriptions below). The deadline for your publication will be set by
Ultimately, this person is responsible for the team and the completed
project. The Publisher is responsible for keeping team members on task
and working towards their daily goals. Publishers locate and gather
materials and equipment needed and/or delegate responsibilities as
needed. Publishers will act as an assistant/supervisor to the
Reporter, Illustrator, and Editor. Publishers report directly to the
Chief Executive Officer (teacher) as their team's spokesperson.
This person is responsible for obtaining and researching resources
including books, magazine articles, encyclopedias, etc. The Reporter
acts as an assistant to the Editor.
This person is responsible for the layout and design of the project
and for oveall visual appeal and educational information
presented. The Illustrator will be responsible for making sure that
there are both black and white and color "photos" in the
newspaper. The Illustrator will supervise all lettering,
illustrations, and sketches. the Illustrator will also work with the
Reporter to ensure that the "photos" and stories correspond to each
This person is responsible for the written content in the newspaper. The Editor should proofread all materials and articles to ensure correct spelling, grammar, word usage, etc. the Editor works with teh Illustrator and the Reporter to layout the newspaper for the final publication. This person is responsible to keep all rough draft and working copies of the materials to be submitted.
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