The Media and the War: Is the Media Part of the Story?

This The Media and the War: Is the Media Part of the Story? lesson plan also includes:

The media is supposed to report the news, but can the media affect the events occurring in the news? Explore the ways the media has influenced world events in the last few centuries with a study of the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and the Vietnam War.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners consider examples of media influence over events from their own lifetimes
  • Use the extension activity as a unit assessment or extra credit project
  • Bring the lesson to a journalism class when discussing the historical role of the media
Classroom Considerations
  • Video clip is no longer available, but the lesson can be adapted without it
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Flash is necessary to navigate the interactive timeline
  • The second in a unit of three lessons on the media and the Mexican-American War
  • Website provides a collection of auxiliary materials
  • Connects historical events to more modern themes
  • None