This lesson starts by connecting the themes of prior units to U.S. imperialism in Latin America & the Pacific (Manifest Destiny, Social Darwinism, foreign policy goals from Washington & Monroe). It also has 2 applicable NYS Regents multiple choice questions. I use this as lesson 1 of my imperialism unit.
Students will examine 9 political cartoons, mostly from Puck, and will have to choose one pro- and one anti-imperialism cartoon to fully break down in a graphic organizer chart (words, symbols, message, etc.). The graphic organizer is an effective literacy strategy that teaches struggling students how to read political cartoons, but it is also helpful for advanced students because they will be seeing the content for the first time.
Even though students focus on 2, while they're examining the set and sorting the cartoons into the two categories, they are engaged in higher order thinking skills and usually refer to these 9 images throughout the rest of the unit.
You will receive a 12 page editable Word document, this lesson takes me 45 minutes.
Page 1: I provide step-by-step instructions on how I would conduct the lesson with a few suggestions for how you might want to alter it and add a written assignment. Feel free to message me with any other questions that you might have.
Pages 2 & 3: Student worksheet, front and back (Do Now, activities, Exit Ticket)
Pages 4 - 12: Political cartoons 1-9