In this video-lesson, students learn how the fierce competition between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst for newspaper circulation in New York, led to the very worst of journalistic practices and how events in and outside America enticed some Americans to seek empire. From the closing of the frontier to the need for resources, and the beliefs in the White Man’s Burden, and finally, when the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, America went to war. Lastly, they reflect on the importance of trustworthy media for the health of a democracy. ✅ The lessons cover state-standards while making sure the content is still interesting.
YELLOW JOURNALISM ACTIVITY
After the video, notes, and quiz, students analyze real headlines from news stories about the Spanish-American War that employed yellow journalism into 21st century clickbait headlines. After remaking the historical headlines into juicy clickbait, they answer some reflection question.
There are answer keys for everything! Click & deliver engagement! This is a history video curriculum like no other!