The Speed of News: How Did You Get the Message?
This activity examines how our methods of sharing information have changed over the centuries.
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- World History
- Divide students into small groups.
- Tell students they will be using their imaginations to travel back in time. They will draw upon what they know of different time periods to answer questions about how people received and shared news back then.
- Have students read the scenarios from each time period and discuss the options. Assign one student to write the answers.
- Encourage students to examine what they know from each time period and apply that to their answers.
- How Did You Get the Message? worksheet (download), one per student
Have each group share their decisions and explain their reasoning. Compare and contrast their answers. Are they able to draw any conclusions about how we get information today vs. long ago?
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
National Council of Teachers of English: NCTE.12Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).