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Student Activity Sheet for News Articles

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 today’s 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.

Document Study Sheets

Article about immigrant assimilation, 1913

Article about middle class advocacy on behalf of striking mill workers, 1926

Article about women in sports, 1941

Article about racial discrimination, 1959

Article about civil rights activism in the South, 1961

Article about anti-Semitism in Hollywood, 1977

Interview about racial discrimination, 2001

Editorial on behalf of gay rights, 2001


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