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"Eyes for the Navy"

Worksheet Activity \(Primary Source Analysis\)

Use the document analysis sheet from the sidebar to take a closer look at the NyTimes article also available in the sidebar. As you analyze the newspaper article try to understand the article’s purpose and what it tells you about the American war effort during World War I.  

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Current Events Project

Just as the invention of the submarine shaped World War I, the use of unmanned drones is changing the way the U.S. fights the war on terror. Conduct research on the use of drones as weapons and write an essay either in support of the use of drones or against it. The point of this essay is to make a clear argument supporting your ideas with evidence and supporting ideas. After, divide the class into two sides in order to hold a debate on this issue. Students should use the information from their essays during the debate.  

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 – Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Under the “Related Resources” heading on the sidebar, your will find resources that explain multiple ways that the government advertised the “Eyes for the Navy” campaign, including; a poster, a newspaper article and outlines of speeches made by the 4 Minutemen. What makes each of these advertising techniques effective? Is one of these modes of advertisement more effective than the others? Write a short essay comparing these three forms of advertisement and predicting which form of advertisement might have been the most effective. Make sure to back up your arguments with specific examples.  

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 – Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

 

Art Project

Design a poster advertising the “Eyes for the Navy” campaign that will convince people of the importance of donating binoculars and spyglasses to the Navy.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Classroom Demonstration

Imagine that you are one of the 4 Minutemen during World War I. It is your job to convince the class to donate their binoculars and spyglasses to the Navy. Write and present a speech to the class that convinces them of the Navy’s need for optical instruments. Be sure to use what you know about unrestricted submarine warfare in order to explain why the Navy needs these tools. 

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.