Newspaper Analysis – Marta Baziuk

Activity 1

Behind Ukraine’s protest are memories of Moscow’s famine

Marta Baziuk

Dec.11 2013, Globe and Mail

Appropriate for students:

Grades 10 – 12

Curriculum Fit / Specific Expectations / Learning Outcomes:

Please select outcomes you wish to cover from either social studies or history and prepare an assessment to share with students at the outset.

Materials Required:

  • Copies of the article for each student.
  • Copies of the questions for analyzing an article.

Set-up Required:

N/A

TASK

Read Behind Ukraine’s protest are memories of Moscow’s famine by Marta Baziuk Dec.11 2013, Globe and Mail and answer the following questions:

Activity 2

Student Handout

Questions for analyzing an article

Read “Behind Ukraine’s protest are memories of Moscow’s famine” by Marta Baziuk Dec.11 2013, Globe and Mail and answer the following questions:

  • What event led to the writing of the article?
  • What is the main idea of the article?
  • Select several facts/arguments (3 minimum), which support the main idea.
  • Does the author provide enough factual material to support his ideas (quotes witnesses, provides statistics, states her sources of information? Was he an eyewitness to events; or was the information obtained through a news service?
  • Is the reportage, in your opinion, true, balanced or biased? Explain.
  • Are different viewpoints presented? Is this article an editorial (author’s own ideas), is it informative, is it convincing, is it balanced?
  • What do you think of the article and its point of view? Explain.

Questions for analyzing Ian Hunter’s article, Specifically.

  • What is the connection between the Holodomor and the political events of 2014 in Ukraine?
  • Why does the author think that the Holodomor and is relevant to Ukrainian citizens today?

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