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David Horsey | Copyright 2014 Tribune Content Agency


“David Horsey is the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's nationally-recognized editorial cartoonist and columnist. The National Press Foundation chose Horsey as America's cartoonist of the year in 1998, honoring him with the Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. His cartoons are distributed to more than 450 newspapers by North America Syndicate and his work has appeared in a wide range of national publications.”

Source: https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/david-horsey Analyzing Political Cartoons as a Teaching Tool: (Library of Congress)


“A careful analysis of political cartoons can provide a glimpse into key moments of U.S. political history. In this activity, students will closely examine political cartoons about the Stamp Act; make inferences about the political, social, and economic situations depicted therein; and offer informed speculations concerning each creator’s point of view.”

Source: loc.gov/classroom-materials/political-cartoons-finding-point-of-view/



The Insurrection Highlights the Need for Civics Learning


“Examining current events enlivens and makes relevant anti-bias and civic learning. Current events often provide an opening to discuss bias and equity because so many news stories shine a light on how bias and injustice show up and have an impact on our world. Discussing current events often pushes us to understand more about how government works, how the rights and responsibilities of others can be realized, and how to actively participate in making our democracy work better for all people. Exploring civics principles through current events can be motivating for students because it will help them understand the news with more depth.”

Source: edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-the-insurrection-highlights-the-need-for-civics-learning/2021/02


EDITOR RESPONSE: The images chosen to "represent" each of these events are based on the teacher's opinion/ bias. How might the "understanding" of the two events have been different had they been presented with THESE images, instead?



Darien Public School Grade 6 Social Studies Curriculum

“World Geography and Culture is a two year course for grades 6 and 7. Students study world regions and through the lens of geography explore and learn about economies, history and civics throughout the world. Relevant global issues provide opportunities for generating and researching compelling questions. Mapping and geography skills are emphasized. In addition, 6th grade students learn to analyze different kinds of sources, utilizing multiple note taking and active reading techniques. Students identify central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source and provide an accurate summary of the source. Students distinguish among fact, opinion and reasoned judgement in a text. Students analyze sources for reliability. Students determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text including vocabulary specifically related to history/social studies.”

Unit 1: Culture: Exploration of what “culture” is

Source: drive.google.com/file/d/12USQNiAaiR2J9GckzmsiQoJ-BTa2wo3D/view


Definition of culture: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group Source: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture