To review and pre-teach content material, this fun and engaging 100th Day of School activity is a great way to get students interested in the major historical events of the last 100 years. To begin the activity, the teacher will either write on the whiteboard or announce that today the class is going to assume the role of Historical Investigators, revealing the most exciting events in history over the last 100 years. The teacher will then group the students into groups of 2-4 based on the class size. The teacher will pass out the investigation sheet, and direct students to open the Google Slide presentation. The teacher will model how to select and research a given historical event using credible sources.
This collection uses primary sources to explore the Spanish-American War. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
This activity is a great way to blend history with English! This activity allows students to research accounts of Yellow Journalism used during the Spanish-American War and bring those to modern life by writing a current newspaper article using yellow journalism styling! As both a US History and English/Reading teacher I use this activity when discussing the causes of the Spanish-American War. I have my students review multiple examples of authentic yellow journalism seen before the war broke out. I then have my students mimic the writing in their own yellow journalism article about a current world event.