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Media and War

Created By: Paul Hohulin, Centennial High School (Champaign, IL)
Content Area: U.S. History


Illinois Learning Standards Achieved

Standard Achieved

Activity that Meets this Standard

16.A.4a: Analyze and report historical events to determine cause and effect relationships. Students will analyze how newspapers, pamphlets, letters, and word of mouth helped foment rebellion during the Revolutionary War. Students will then compare and contrast the role of news media in the Revolutionary War with the current war in Iraq. Cause and effect relationships will be identified and discussed.


Students will read the following:


Students will also:

  1. Determine cause and effect relationships between various types of news media and war.
  2. Determine if there are cause-and-effect relationships between newspapers, pamphlets, letters and the American Revolution.
  3. Discuss the media's current role in the war with Iraq. How does media impact events, public opinion and decisions by leaders?
  4. Analyze similarities and differences between the news media of the Revolutionary War and the modern news media and the war in Iraq.
  5. Evaluate the impact of each within the context of cause and effect relationships i.e. movement of public opinion one way or the other.