1) Select three articles published in 2011 or later from a modern newspaper, magazine or other textual news source that use any person, event, institution or time period from Western civilization before 1600 in its report.
Examples of news sources: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian
Tips to Find Articles:
When using Google click “news” to search through magazines and newspapers.
Within Google News, search for a topic we have covered (example: the Roman Republic).
Choose a topic of interest to you and simply add “history” (example: voting rights
Choose a historical topic we have covered and add “current events” (example:
Christopher Columbus current events).
Make sure your chosen article is from a reputable source using the ‘Guide to Evaluating Sources’ on Canvas.
2) Use at least one primary source and two scholarly secondary sources to help you evaluate the article’s use of history.
3) Evaluate the article’s use of history. Here are some questions to consider:
How does the article use history to make its argument?
In what way does its use of history seem accurate or questionable?
Would the use of a primary source document change the analysis presented in the article?
Does the article rely on or contradict information contained in your textbook and scholarly secondary sources?
Does the article’s use of history seem overly selective?
Would a different historical example help prove the author’s point?
Is the use of history in this article too simple or too complex?
In what ways does this article address historical change or continuity?