Pearl Harbor Activity #5: The Medium Matters

Young journalists learn that how we get our news and information matters in a collaborative social studies activity. The class is divided into three groups with the first analyzing a transcript of FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech, the second examining an audio recording, and the third watching the re-mastered video. To end the activity, students discuss which medium they consider the most effective.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide groups with earphones so their listening does not disturb other groups
Classroom Considerations
  • The fifth of seven activities in a Pearl Harbor series
  • Groups need access to devices with an internet connection
  • Requires copies of the included worksheet for each student
  • An extension activity suggest using the same technique to evaluate other famous speeches
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