Courage & Contradiction

Making the Headlines

Dublin Core

Title

Making the Headlines

Subject

United States -- Texas -- Williamson County.
War (Civil War).

Description

In this lesson plan students will write a brief news story to accompany the featured photograph.

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Creator

The Williamson Museum

Source

Civil War in Texas, Trunk Manual

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Lesson Plan Item Type Metadata

Objectives

1. Students will gain an understanding of bias and propaganda during the Civil War.
2. Students will gain an understanding of how the newspapers aided in the promotion of each army.
3. Students will gain an understanding of more soldiers and a better chance at winning the war.

Materials

Copy of War Headlines Outline (4 options provided)
Reproduction copy of Harper’s Weekly, November 10, 1860 (provided)

Lesson Plan Text

Introduction: The headlines and stories surrounding the images will differ greatly, due to the agenda of the press. The single most significant tool used to fight in the Civil War was man power. Constant requests for volunteer soldiers were seen in newspaper articles for both the North and South.

1. Student will choose a headline page with image and be assigned as a Union journalist or Confederate journalist.
2. Student will write a brief paragraph about something they could have witnessed, been a part of, or that is breaking news to the nation; write a caption for the image; and a headline for the paper. Remember that the stories were typically written as propaganda for Union or Confederate soldiers and were usually not neutral in nature.
3. The class will share their works and describe the intent of each headline and story.

Files

Citation

The Williamson Museum, “Making the Headlines,” Courage & Contradiction, accessed October 23, 2017, http://civilwar.williamsonmuseumexhibits.org/items/show/62.

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