Studies Lessons for High School is designed for social studies
teachers to use with their government and history courses. It was
developed in response to a shift in education throughout our country:
a move away from rote memorization and toward the critical thinking
skills necessary for many of the new performance assessment programs.
Each lesson will enable teachers to teach seven specific critical
thinking skills in a step-by-step process. The information has been
adapted for old media and new media formats. Web sites will be provided
that will allow teachers to choose the most appropriate resource for
the selected activity. All selections can be copied for classroom
use. Teachers may adapt activities to allow students to complete assignments
via the web.
O. Black is a social studies teacher at the Harbor City Learning Center,
and former Teachers Network web mentor.
This lesson is included to help students interpret the many political cartoons they will encounter in government courses. Have students practice frequently with the template, using sample cartoons found in their textbooks, newspapers, news magazines, and data located on the following web sites: