The purpose of this lesson is to practice the historical thinking skills of continuity and change to learn:
What Yellow Journalism is
How Yellow Journalism is valid
How to discern truth in journalism then and now
How Yellow Journalism effected US perceptions of the Philippine Insurrection.
1. Introduce the Lesson by asking which of the articles seems true? You can use poll everywhere to get responses.
2. Discuss the articles and define Yellow Journalism.
3. Watch the Ted asking students to listen for how the journalist fact checked.
4. Discuss the video.
5. Connect to the historical topic by telling students they are now going to fact check for the Philippine Insurrection.
6. View two sources and discuss them using the slides.
7. Fact Check the sources by having students read soldiers’ letters and reporting their findings on war crimes and brutality. (I cut these into strips and give one to each student and ask them each to share by going down the row).
8. Continue to fact check by looking at other websites and newspapers. Follow along with the slides.
9. Ask students to respond with the exit slip to assess their learning on this concept.
The lesson lasts 90 minutes on a block schedule. It contains all the links and resources needed in the file.