Identifying Bias in Presidential Election Newspaper Coverage
Students analyze historical primary sources to identify bias and investigate the role newspapers played in shaping public attitude toward the 1912 presidential candidates. Next, students team up to find newspaper coverage (print or digital) of a contemporary presidential election, analyze the sources for bias, and then compare and contrast their historical and contemporary findings. Finally, students communicate their newfound understandings of presidential election newspaper coverage bias through a short written essay, a digital timeline, or a print or digital poster.
Helping Students Read Between the Lines: Identifying Bias and Attitude in Newspapers for the Presidential Election of 1912
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High School, Middle School
Civics, English Language Arts, Social Studies
1912, bias, campaigns, contemporary newspapers, elections, historical newspaper, newspaper articles, newspaper coverage, newspaper images, political cartoons, politics, presidential campaigns, presidential elections