Global Responses to 9/11

As part of a study of the events of September 11, 2001, class members examine news reports of the attacks found on the front pages of national and international newspapers. Using the provided document analysis worksheet, they compare and contrast how and the perspective from which the events were reported. Individuals then assume the role of a paper editor and create a front page that presents a global perspective of the events.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in and post the same-day front pages from a a variety of newspapers and have class members observe the similarities and differences in the presentations of the day's news
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to Max Frankel's September 11, 2001, a collection of American and international newspaper front pages from 9/11 and 9/12
  • Translation software or translation dictionaries are required
  • The activity assumes class members have some familiarity with the different aspects of a newspaper and their story writing conventions
Pros

  • A link to the worksheet is provided
  • The activity underscores how point of view shapes the content of a text
Cons

  • None