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Reflections of America’s Founding Principles in Mass Media
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2012-07-02.
I really love visual discovery. To some, having kids look at a picture and then answer questions about it may seem pointless, but I think it's a fantastic way for kids to learn new information without just doing readings, as you aptly pointed out in your "lesson content" section. I think the pictures you've used are interesting and varied, so I don't think students would get bored. I also quite enjoy them working in pairs, especially at this age. This allows them to immediately talk to someone about what they're seeing, not just silently fill in a worksheet and keep to themselves. Overall, fantastic lesson, especially for this age group!
Great job, Louis! I think that the best way to teach about media in the past is to show the students materials from the past, which you do with the use of the cartoons. Many of our peers have expressed how much we love using cartoons in the classrom. I think that this type of activity will be fun for the students. I also think it is a good idea for them to "think-pair-share" with their fellow peers. Anaylzying cartoons can be a difficult task and sometimes sharing with someone else helps you form your own opinion and think about the cartoon in a different light.
I think one thing that could be improved is the bellringer. Are you having students write this down in their notebooks, or asking them this question for them to respond to aloud after the bell rings? I think the students should have something to do right when they get into class.
The worksheet you created does an awesome job of gearing how students are to respond to the cartoons. GREAT WORK!
I think this is a very good lesson plan since students are learning about early American politics and history through the use of political cartoons. This lesson is interesting because students will analyze the cartoons by themselves and with partners and then compare what they think to what the Library of Congress said about them. I think this is the best part of the lesson plan. The one improvement to this lesson that I can come up with is to write out what is said in some of the cartoons. When I was looking at the PowerPoint, I found it difficult to read what was written in some of the cartoons, and I doubt it would be hard to find the exact text to these historical cartoons. Regardless, this is a very good lesson plan that students will be required to think critically about.