Students learn about yellow journalism in the Spanish-American War and then analytically compare it with today's "fake news."
A two page engaging reading discusses the following:
- Origins and description of yellow journalism
- Hearst and Pulitzer newspaper circulation wars
- ”Reconcentration” camps and Frederic Remington
- Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine
- Yellow journalism's impact on the Spanish-American War
Students then complete a fun "Be A Yellow Journalist" activity. They read a primary source article on the Cuban "reconcentration" camps and use their knowledge to create a yellow journalism article on the topic that might be published in William Randolph Hearst's newspaper. A grading rubric is included.
Finally, students read a November 2016 article in the "Chicago Tribune" about the creators of "fake news" online, or "the new yellow journalists." Students complete a worksheet in which they compare and analyze these historical and modern issues. They conclude by researching online to find a piece of "fake news" and analyze it according to certain criteria.
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Rise of U.S. ImperialismThe Spanish-American War
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