One Pager

Unit 10 - APUSH - Mrs. Boyle


  1. Follow the prompt below.
  2. Your One-Pager should be done on a plain white paper 8-1/2 x 11 one side only, with your name clearly in evidence on the front side of the paper.
  3. Create three (3) 1-Pagers -- One for each decade topic:   a.) 1960s   b.)1970s c.) 1980s to present

What is a One-Pager?

How do I know what I think until I see what I say?  -- E.M. Forster

  1. A one pager is a single-page response to your reading. It is a way of making your pattern of your unique understanding. It is a way to be creative and experimental. It is a way to respond imaginatively and honestly. It is a way to be brief and compressed.
  2. The purpose of a one-pager is to own what you are reading. We learn best when we can create our own patterns.
  3. A one-pager connects the verbal and the visual; it connects the ideas in what you read to your thoughts. It connects words and images. The one-pager becomes a metaphor for the reading you have done.
  4. When you do a one-pager, do any or all of these:
    1. Pull out a quotation or two, using them to explore one of your own ideas, and write them on the page (perhaps using a different colored pen).
    2. Use visual images, either drawn or cut from magazines, to create a visual focus.
    3. Cluster around a dominant impression, feeling or thought you have while reading.
    4. Make a personal statement about what you have read.
    5. Ask a question or two and answer it (them).
    6. Create the one-pager so that your audience will understand something about the reading from what you do.
    7. Feel free to use colored pens or pencils.
  5. What not to do:
    1. Don't merely summarize.
    2. Don't be restricted by the lines on the paper. Use unlined paper.
    3. Don't think a half a page will do -- make it rich with quotes and images.
  6. Grading: full credit depends on completeness (and imagination counts, too.)

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