Students will be able to analyze political cartoons for persuasive techniques and purpose.
First off, the Library of Congress site is incredible. I pretty much ripped off the entirety of today’s lesson from them. Fantastic site. We looked at numerous current and historical political cartoons and examined them for symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, analogy, and irony. We also had several mini history and culture lessons along the ways, explaining nuggets of wisdom such as:
- the entirety of the Arab Spring and current events in Egypt – in 5 minutes
- why “Asians” “Japanese” and “Chinese” cannot be used interchangeably. I guess it’s good they learn this at 16, right?
- who Kate Middleton is and why her pregnancy made the news (I was surprised they didn’t know this)
- why California’s 25% high school drop out rate is bad – “‘cus like, the majority of them graduate, so what’s the big deal?”
|One period tried to convince me the blank was a cactus or a sun. “Yes Virginia, those who don’t graduate grow up to be cacti.” That was my smart-aleck end-of-day response, and I feel a little guilty – but he was being a clown.|
|This inspired the nationality debate…a WWII comic drawn by none other than Dr. Suess.|