October 20, 2019

Featured Image: Princeton Union Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 1914

"Christmas page." The Princeton Union. (Princeton, Minn.), 24 Dec. 1914. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Don't miss these other Santa Clause resources! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Why I Believe in Santa

Click the newspaper above to zoom in to the page. First read the center article, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." What was the editor's claim and what arguments did he make to support that claim? Now read what the citizens of Rock Island had to say about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. What themes do these stories convey? Write about the spirit of a holiday that you celebrate, describing why it is meaningful to you. What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Hello, Earth! Hello!

Click the newspaper above to zoom in and read the article. Make a chart that lists the name of each scientist or inventor mentioned in the article, whether the expert was quoted directly or indirectly, and the expert's view of the possibility of communication with other planets. Find out more information about the publisher of this newspaper, then review the Analyzing Newspaper Articles post. Do you think this article is accurate and reliable? Why or why not? Compare and contrast this … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Thanksgiving Shopping Insert

Zoom into this newspaper page online or download a larger image. Use the shopping insert to help craft a Thanksgiving menu. What would you serve based on the items offered for sale? Look closely at the illustrations surrounding the advertisements. Add speech bubbles to bring the scene depicted at the top of the page to life. Compare and contrast this Thanksgiving shopping insert with other 1914 inserts from around the country. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 1900 Gold Medal flour ad

Review these advertising persuasion techniques. Describe the technique(s) you find present in this 1900 newspaper advertisement for Gold Medal flour that appeared in the New-York Daily Tribune. Review the headlines on this page and scan the articles (online | .pdf). Do you think the audience for the articles is the same audience that Gold Medal flour executives were hoping to reach? Why or why not? Do you think this advertisement was likely to have been successful in 1900? Why or why not? … [Read more...]

Featured Source: El Paso Herald August 12, 1914

Zoom into this newspaper (online | .pdf). What is the most important topic on this page? What details support your conclusion? There is a question in the newspaper's nameplate, or top, section. What is the question and what do you think is the answer to the question? What details support your answer? Use clues from the news to figure out which state El Paso is in. What information about El Paso do you learn about from this front page? What other observations, reflections or questions … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Solving the riddle of Mars?

Click the newspaper image above to zoom into the page. What is the riddle of Mars? Does the article answer the headline question? What evidence does the article give that there is life on Mars? Can you find evidence in the article that Professor Lowell believes these Martian extraterrestrials are superior to mankind as the subhead claims? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Washington D.C. Invites You to the Opening of Congress

According to this ad, how could you get your free trip to Washington D.C.? How would you get to the U.S. capital from your home town today? How much would it cost? What can you still see now that you could see then? What places would be on your list of "must sees"? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Biggest Business in the World

This campaign ad says the United States is the biggest business in the world. Do you think that statement is true today? Why or why not? This campaign ad lists 10 pledges Senator Warren G. Harding promises to uphold. Which 3 do you think are most important for a politician to keep? Explain the reasoning for your choices. What pledges would you make if you were running for political office? Explain the reasoning for your choices. What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia-Then & Now

Overview Students will collaborate to analyze, compare, and contrast newspaper coverage of events in Crimea and Ukraine in the mid-19th century and early 20th century with  2014 media coverage of events involving Crimea, Ukraine and Russia to illuminate the geopolitical history of the region and consider how examining the past shapes perspectives and understanding of current events. Enduring Understanding: Events and actions of the past affect the present and the future. Instructions 1. As … [Read more...]