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Lesson 2

Exploring Newspaper Front Pages

By reading newspaper front pages and viewing videos, students use digital resources to gain knowledge that will prepare them for listening and interviewing people who remembered the events of September 11, 2001.

Analyze Texts

First, the teacher models newspaper analysis using the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages from September 12,  2001 to make some observations about the content and structure of the front pages.

Working individually or with a partner, students choose five front pages from different states or countries, using a Google Doc worksheet to document their exploration of the website. They make observations and review the regional differences in the wording of the headlines and consider the choice of photos selected by newspaper editors. They reflect on what feelings they might have had if they were old enough to read one of these newspapers on September 12, 2001,

Analyze Video

Using the Our City. Our Stories website from the 9/11 Memorial Museum, students identify common elements that emerge across stories of September 11, considering the content and format of the materials using Video Analysis Worksheet

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