Major historic events inevitably bring about changes in society, from politics to daily routines. In this activity, students use four historical front pages to hypothesize about the impact of the covered events, then use current media to explore the continuing impact.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school
TIME: 30–60 minutes, plus discussion
MATERIALS: Copies of the Before and After: Analyzing Turning Points in History worksheet; access to the four front pages on the EDCollections Headlines That Changed History poster (either printed copies or via devices; links below and in artifact gallery); internet access (optional); teacher key (download)
- Make copies of the Analyzing Turning Points in History worksheet, one per student.
- Review the four front pages. For additional background, read the artifact page on newseumED.org for each front page: Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, The Afro-American, and Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News.