Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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This lesson generally falls on St. Patrick’s Day each year and I love having my students learn about their Irish heritage. While much of St. Patrick’s day involves discussing coloring leprechauns and crafting little leprechaun crafts, I strive to make sure my students critically analyze how far their descendants have come.
This lesson discusses the history surrounding the Irish famine and Irish immigration, and it also shows the racial bias and mistreatment that existed for Irish immigrants in the 1800s. The students will learn about bias, and then examine cartoons that depicted the Irish unfairly. This lesson works great for teaching bias because it seems so obvious to students today. The lesson includes a handout that teaches students to read cartoons for specific kinds of imagery.
This lesson plan is linked to NYS Social Studies standards, however, I’m sure you could add standards from your state.
The zip file included a PDF, a PowerPoint version and a link to a Google Drive version if you’d like to make this project more digital.
Within the zip file:
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