When the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, triggering the Spanish-American War, the New York Times and the New York Journal and Advertiser published conflicting accounts of what caused the explosion. In this lesson, students will read the conflicting accounts and analyze how each uses evidence to support its claims. Finally, students will use their analyses to decide which account is more believable.

Image: 1898 Illustration of the explosion of the Maine. From the Library of Congress.


NickWright, thanks for your feedback! We completely agree. Unfortunately we don't have this functionality yet, but we hope to have assessments and lessons more integrated in the future.
It would be interesting to see which Beyond the Bubble assessments could be used along with each unit/lesson. Perhaps this already is there and I just missed it, but I know I would find that very helpful to go along with these great lessons! Thanks
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