Conflicting Newspaper Accounts

In this lesson students write newspapers about the Battle of Antietam from different points of view (North and South).  Students begin by analyzing photographs of the battlefield; they then write their papers covering a variety of topics, and then they read and analyze the Emancipation Proclamation. This is an excellent cross-curricular lesson that combines analyzing media, studying a historical event from differing perspectives, and writing newspaper accounts of the event.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3003.3.1
Write in a variety of modes, with particular emphasis on persuasion, for different purposes and audiences.
CLE 3003.7.1
Evaluate the aural, visual, and written images and other special effects used in television, radio, film, and the Internet for their ability to inform,...
CLE 3003.7.2
Examine the agreements and conflicts between the visual (e.g., media images, painting, film, graphic arts) and the verbal.
CLE 3003.7.3
Recognize how visual and sound techniques or design (e.g., special effects, camera angles, music) carry or influence messages in various media.
CLE 3003.8.1
Demonstrate knowledge of significant works of American literature from the colonial period to the present and make relevant comparisons.
CLE 3003.8.4
Analyze works of American literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

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