Lesson Plan

Using Historic Digital Newspapers for National History Day

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Your learners will take a trip through history as they peruse through historic digitalized newspapers, reading real articles from such historical periods in the United States as the Temperance movement and passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. They will then determine what basic rights these articles address, as well as the responsibilities of those who exercise those rights.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Consider incorporating this resource as you study the Bill of Rights, or in observance of Constitution Day or National History Day
  • Use the activities in this resource as an introduction to, or immediately following, a lesson on primary source analysis
  • Excellent tool for introducing and practicing primary source analysis
  • Links to Chronicling America, a fantastic database of state and local newspapers that can be used for other lessons
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