The Media and the War: Soldiers Find a Voice

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Prior to the Mexican-American war, citizens had only heard updates about the battlefield from the United States government. But with the expansion of media publication in the nineteenth century, individual soldiers were able to reach out to the American people with their own voices. A lesson plan on media influence during wartime presents the power of soldiers' words during the Mexican-American War and the modern Iraq War.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson to inspire a letter-writing campaign by your class members to soldiers fighting overseas
  • Use in a journalism class, social studies classes, or language arts class
  • Discuss whether modern soldiers are under the same restraints as those of historical soldiers
Classroom Considerations

  • Some video links are no longer working, but the lesson is adaptable to work without them (or with substitute links)
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Contains a warning about possible graphic behavior in the blogs and letters
  • The last lesson in a unit on media influence during the Mexican-American War
Pros

  • Incorporates historical and modern examples in the thematic study
  • Offers many interdisciplinary opportunities
  • Includes a Spanish version of the lesson plan
Cons

  • None