SECTION 1: History Today
1. Read the article you brought in.
2. News articles should include the following: who, what, when, where, how and why. Identify all of these elements in the article you brought in.
3. Does this article reflect a specific opinion on its topic? How does the author convey his or her point of view?
4. If someone reads this article 100 years from now, what will he or she learn about our time? What mistaken impression of our society might he or she form?
SECTION 2: Brainstorming
1. Write down everything you notice about the article your teacher gave you.
2. If you have not already done so, identify the who, what, when, where, how and why for this article. Also include the newspaper or magazine in which it appeared, the date and the author.
3. What did this article teach you about women, Jews and America in the time period when it was written?
SECTION 3: Now that you know
1. How does knowing the historical context change your understanding of this article?
2. How did the context of this article affect its content?
3. Do you think this article would have been written differently if a man had been its subject?
4. What bias did you bring to your reading of this article?
5. What bias do you think the author brought to the writing of this article?
6. How did this article change or add to your knowledge of this time period and/or topic?
SECTION 4: Follow-up Activities
1. Write a news article about something important in your life that you think would be useful to future historians.
2. Take the content of the historical article you read and write it as it might appear in todays press.
3. Read another news article from the same TIME period or on the same TOPIC and compare.
4. Use a different TYPE of primary source from the same time period or on the same topic and compare.