general article writing


First of all watch the introductory video. Then Read the document the attachment is in pdf

spam-docset, and the listen or see videos from this link below from each document and

then you have to answer all the question that has each document

Introductory Video

The Historical Thinking Matters website has broken some links for the audio files from

historian Mike O'Malley and others, so I've emailed the people who run it and asked them

for copies of those files.

Document A: New York Journal

Sourcing A

1. How long after the explosion of the Maine was this article written?

2. What does the headline of the article suggest about the newspaper’s point of view?

Close Reading

3. Upon what type of evidence does the New York Journal base its claims?

Document B: New York Times

Sourcing B

1. How does the date of this article compare with the date on the New York Journal and

Advertiser article?

Close Reading

2. According to these headlines, what happened to the Maine?

3. What kinds of evidence does the New York Times include to support its account of the


Document C ("Awake United States"):

 Historian Mike O’Malley talks about sheet music in the 19 th century


Sourcing C

1. When and where was this song printed?

Close Reading

2. According to this song, what happened to the Maine?

3. What emotions are the song’s lyrics supposed to evoke? Include an example from the


Document D (McKinley's State of the Union Address): no supplemental media files. 

Sourcing D

1. What is McKinley’s intention in speaking to Congress? What does this suggest about the tone

and message that President McKinley might adopt in the speech?

Close Reading

2. McKinley lists four reasons that justify U.S. intervention in Cuba. What are these reasons?

Why might McKinley have arranged them in this particular order?


3. Based on McKinley’s speech, describe the state of affairs in Cuba. Find three phrases from the

text that support your answer

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