Student Led Instruction. Student-Led. History Assessments. Historical Thinking Skills. Yellow Journalism. Spanish-American War. Alternate Assessment. Backward Design. Imperialism. Understanding By Design. Project Based Learning. PBL. US History. Low prep.
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This is a HIGHLY ENGAGING activity based on historical thinking skills. This assignment has a rubric that assesses historical thinking skills. This assignment could be used as an assessment which looks at two historical thinking skills as defined by the American Historical Association: Historical Research Skills and Historical Issues: Analysis & Decision Making. This assignment goes along with another other activity/assessment from the Spanish-American War Unit that investigates Yellow Journalism in the Spanish-American War. This can be done as a stand-alone activity as long as students have a background of yellow journalism, and have learned about the Spanish-American War. The focus of this activity is on Yellow Journalism Today, so students can connect history with today!
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Rather than the old method of hearing history, this assignment is focused on students DOING history. This is STUDENT-LED LEARNING. This project allows students to investigate how yellow journalism is used today. Students compare fake news that they see today to yellow journalism from the Spanish American War. Also, students investigate assessment AS learning when they self-assess themselves based on the project. Students take ownership when they realize how they are being graded. Students see this as a great way to make the Spanish American War RELEVANT to today's world. They can see how fake news can impact life today.
In this assignment:
Students research current examples of yellow journalism.
Students organize their thoughts in a graphic organizer.
Students choose a HIGHLY ENGAGING option from a choice board to show examples of yellow journalism.
Students self-assess with descriptions on the rubric included. The students then grade for quality of work.
I hope that you enjoy this product. I know that my students really appreciate relevant historical learning. In this assessment students are able to learn about yellow journalism, and see how headlines in the news may not be accurate. When it comes to learning history, there is no better way than to DO history!
This assessment goes with the Spanish American War Simulation! This lesson is one of the best lessons that I teach all year, and is extremely ENGAGING as students learn about the war from the perspective of a reporter in Cuba for William Randolph Hearst, and then from the perspective of a Rough Rider!
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