Check out my “Historical TV Episode” assignment.
It can be used to summarize any historical event. Students are asked to describe historical events and periods as if they were television episodes.
“Investigating Primary Documents: Political Cartoon Edition” featuring Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt and William Howard Taft is intended to help students analyze political cartoons in a historical context. The assignments can be used as a supplement in lessons surrounding the Progressive Era, William H. Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, the election of 1908, the election of 1912, or changing presidential policies. Students will examine “Goodness Gracious, I Must Have Been Dozing!” by Joseph Keppler, which appeared in Puck on June 22, 1910.
Included are two student activities: (1) “First Glance” is intended for students to investigate the cartoon through self discovery and questioning. Students formulate their own questions and use pre-written questions to guide their examination. (2) “Contextual Examination” includes a brief summary of the historical context and invites students to analyze the cartoon in light of the historical circumstances of the time period. Also included are an overview and answer guide.
“Investigating Primary Documents: Political Cartoon Edition” can be used as an in-class assignment, homework assignment, or as an extension activity. This assignment can be used in a variety of classes including US History, Government and Politics, Civics, etc.
“First Glance” and “Contextual Investigation” can be used in conjunction with each other or as separate assignments. Strategies include using them separately, together at once, or at different points in the lesson. Sometimes I will use “First Glance” as an introductory assignment, and have students complete “Contextual Investigation” towards the middle or end of a unit. They can also be used separately during the same class period – “First Glance” as a bell ringer or opener and “Contextual Investigation” as an exit slip after a lesson has been completed.