Activity # 7
on the past
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If history doesn't seem relevant to
your students and their lives, they can look at it this way
history is simply the current events of yesterday.
And today's news will be in the history
books of the future.
Talking about media and journalism in the classroom is a great
way for your students to learn about history! Students can explore
the past and the present through newspapers, television, radio,
film and photos. And they can look at the ways that today's current
events are being recorded for future generations.
In order to understand the past, sometimes it's good to have
students put themselves there.
Send your students back
- Write about a historical event as if they were reporting
on it for the local newspaper of the day. Get your students to
tell their readers who was involved, what happened, when it took
place, where the action was set and why it happened that way.
To get an idea of how this works, check out the stories in a
newspaper produced by Grade Six students at St. Mary's School
in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1997 to mark the 500th anniversary
of John Cabot's arrival in Newfoundland.
For example, assign your students to cover the sinking of
in 1912. Have one student report from Halifax where the survivors
of the wreck were brought. Assign another to talk to the people
who received wireless messages from the Titanic in her last moments.
The students can write a series of stories to go on the front
page of the newspaper on the morning after the ship sank.
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