Students analyze the similarities and differences between news coverage and historical accounts of four major events to understand the role/importance of journalism as the first rough draft of history.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle to high school
TIME: 45–60 minutes, plus discussion
MATERIALS: Copies of the From the Front Page to the History Books worksheet; access to the four front pages from 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 From the Front Page to the History Books worksheet, one per student.
- Review the front pages on the poster. For additional background, read the artifact page on newseumED.org of each front page: Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, The Afro-American, and Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News.