SchoolArts Magazine

December 2015

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30 DECEMBER 2015 SchoolArts H I G H S C H O O L P olitical cartoons offer a visual history of the political, social, and global trends that affect our world. They document and com- ment on hot topics, tragedies, and our rapidly changing environment. Political cartoons are also a pow- erful vehicle for students to share their authentic thoughts and opin - ions without requiring a high level of skill, making them perfect for stu- dents in beginner art classes. With an intense presidential campaign domi - nating the media and multiple topics blowing up on social media (Black Lives Matter, gay marriage, transgen - der rights, terrorism, the European refugee crisis, etc.), this is the perfect time to explore political cartoons in your classroom. Authentic Opinions, Authentic Voices I taught this lesson during the intense 2008 presidential election, and, much like today, politics domi - nated television and radio airwaves. Since then, social media has ampli - fied and extended social and political discussions, making many students more engaged in these issues than ever before. Make a Robb Sandagata STATEMENT

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