Identifying Bias in Presidential Election Newspaper Coverage

1912 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.

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High School, Middle School


Civics, English Language Arts, Social Studies


80-120 minutes


1912, bias, campaigns, contemporary newspapers, elections, historical newspaper, newspaper articles, newspaper coverage, newspaper images, political cartoons, politics, presidential campaigns, presidential elections


Primary Source Nexus

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