Fake News and the 1918 Flu – level 1

03-02-2021 15:00

It is the year 1918. The world is at war. It is World War I. There is another problem. A flu hits many countries in the world.

The US wants to win the war. It is not a good idea to give people information about the flu. Men and boys must fight. They must think only about the war.

The US government makes a special law. The law has an impact on journalist. If journalists write bad things about the US government, they can go to prison. Journalists do not want to go to prison. They write about the war. They do not write about the flu.

The flu is deadly. People can die quickly. People do not have information about the flu. Many people become ill. Around 675,000 Americans die from the flu.

Difficult words: flu (a disease that is similar to a cold, but it is more serious and people can die from it), impact (when you do something and it changes something else, too), deadly (something that kills people).

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