This comic strip will not only amuse, but show students how they can use humor to make connections to current events. Follow up with a ReadWriteThink cartoon analysis.
Stephanie McMillan’s comic strip Minimum Security, minimumsecurity.net, appears five times a week on comics.com. She is co-creator of As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, a graphic novel with writer Derrick Jensen, in which space aliens come to eat the planet, bunnies are imprisoned in detention camps, and energy-efficient light bulbs fail to stop global warming.
Seven Stories Press, 2007, 224 pages, $14.95.
Analyzing Political Cartoons
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As students form opinions about social and political issues, it’s important that they learn to analyze what they see and read from news media. In ReadWriteThink’s lesson plans, high school students learn to evaluate political cartoons for their meaning, message, and persuasiveness.
See political cartoon lesson plans here.
For more curriculum ideas around current polticial cartoons, you can also check the Association for Editorial Cartoonists’s daily lesson plans.