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Reading Like a Historian: Explosion of the Maine

Reading Like a Historian: Explosion of the Maine

In this lesson, students analyze primary sources in an effort to answer the central historical question: What sank the Maine? The teacher introduces the concept of media sensationalism and shows a painting of the Maine�__s destruction and a propaganda song blaming the Spanish. Students then receive opposing newspaper accounts from Hearst�__s New York Herald and the New York Times; for each, they fill out a graphic organizer and/or guiding...

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