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This is a collection of political cartoons relating to celebrity. It covers different aspects of the book.
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I loved the cartoons that you guys chose; they made me giggle. My only suggestion for using this learning object would be to contextualize the cartoons as best as you can for whatever it is you're discussing. These cartoons could easily be used to discuss the nature of fame, the values society places on certain attributes that ultimately determine who becomes a celebrity and who doesn't... you could really get creative with this, even turning it into a philosophical discussion on the direction a society should or shouldn't take using celebrities as the vessel (ok ok, I'm getting preachy now, I'll stop.)
Well I'm absolutely a fan of political cartoons, and I feel that this might even be a great way to introduce how to analyze political cartoons because the content is more relevant to the students than other historical and political material. The Paris Hilton cartoon, as everyone has mentioned, is an excellent example of this because everyone for the most part knows who she is and why she is famous. Creating a satire around her is not difficult to do. The teacher could then show a political cartoon of the President and compare the analysis that they just used for the Paris Hilton cartoon. That way, students would be able to understand what to look for and translate the satire. Nice job guys!
It appears that everyone agrees with the merits of using cartoons and political satire as teaching methods. The cartoons that you have selected are appropriate for the book, however, I think the Paris Hilton one is the most relevant and thought provoking. The other ones seem more like an attempt to get a simple laugh. The Paris Hilton cartoon, however, has a deeper meaning that could generate some thoughtful and divergent discussion. It is strange to be famous simply for being famous and I am willing to bet that students will have a variety of opinions on what qualifies as a celebrity and whether or not Americans should pay so much attention to those people. I try to use political cartoons as much as possible in lessons and think that they can be used effectively and in a fun way. The only suggestion I have is to find as many cartoons that inspire and generate discussion rather then ones that are simply funny.
Woohoo! More cartoons! I always love political cartoons, and I liked them as a student too, so I'm immediately interested. All of these cartoons are funny and have their merits, but ultimately I think the one that is the most useful, and perhaps really the only one I'd use in a classroom, is the Paris Hilton one. I feel there is a lot of subtext in that particular cartoon that could be fleshed out and hopefully yield a worthy discussion in a classroom.
I am always a fan of using political cartoons, the students maybe not so much, but I think as teachers we must teach them how to gather the most information out of them as possible. I like that you are going to view these twice over to make sure the students get a full understanding of the material. I feel that there could have been a few stronger cartoons to use for this lesson, but these are simple and easier for the students. This would work well to them used to analyzing cartoons.
Although cartoons can be used very effectively to talk about politics sometimes, they can also be used to talk about current events and recent goings-on. These cartoons aren't political per se, but they do a good job of showing how Americans perceive this celebrity culture. The only thing I don't really find too strong about them is that they are more of just "funnies" and don't really have too strong of a message beyond that. I would personally have a hard time fitting these into any curriculum of mine, however they do a good job of poking fun at celebrities. So there's that.
These cartoons are really entertaining and I think they would come off that way to students as well. They may also indirectly reveal the absurdity of celebrities and their "fame" to those students that idolize them, which is very good. I like how you guys said you would present them at the beginning AND end of the lesson. This is a great way to gauge if and how students' perceptions of the topic have changed after its implementation.
After reading the rationale, I liked how students will be presented with these cartoons at the beginning of the lesson and asked to write down answers to questions and then go over the cartoons a second time at the end of the lesson. I enjoy using political cartoons in social studies classes because they are humorous and sometimes require students to critically think. For the Paris Hilton cartoon, I think that was great for this learning object. I do worry however that students will struggle to understand the message behind the last two cartoons, especially the politician one, and think that better cartoons could have been used.
Political cartoons can be tough to use, especially if they rely on a great deal of symbols or metaphor to get the point across. The cartoons that were chosen for this learning object, though, I feel are fairly straight forward thanks to the text. As long as the students are understanding the message being presented in the cartoons, I feel this learning object can be used successfully.
First off, I like your idea about presenting these cartoons both at the beginning and at the end of an overarching lesson about modern celebrity culture. I believe that the visual discovery component at the beginning of the lesson will serve as a nice way for students to ease into more challenging work with some free-form language production. I also like the more specific and in-depth responses you are asking of them at the end of the lesson, as well as the fact that they will need to reference the book and apply the information that they've just been taught in a different context. The one suggestion I might make would be to add a question or two about the specific symbols in each cartoon and how those can be interpreted, just to break down the overall meaning of the cartoons a bit more. Overall, nice job with this.