Subject: Social Studies
Lesson Length: 60 - 65 mins
Topic: Age of Imperialism
Brief Description: Students will learn about the impact imperialism had on indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world.
Know Before You Start:
- It’s helpful for students to have an understanding of which countries were major players during the Age of Imperialism.
- Being able to place these imperialistic countries geographically along with the countries they were intending to control is also beneficial.
- Terms to know: Imperialism, colony, cultural diffusion, nationalism.
- Read and discuss the sample comic.
- Who is Mr. Europe?
- What does “serving the continent on a platter mean?”
- Show students two-to-three more political cartoons.
- Discuss the meaning of each and how they arrived at their interpretation.
- Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a one-panel political cartoon.
- The political cartoon should illustrate imperialism as European countries began to expand into new territories.
- Students can choose the point of view their cartoon will give voice to, e.g., native peoples or colonizers.
- Have students post their political cartoons on a map of the world in the countries or territories that were being taken over. This can be done in print or digitally.
- Set up a gallery walk for students to view the cartoons and their locations.
- This is a good time to discuss the different perspectives people had during the Age of Imperialism.
- Allow students to work alone, in pairs or small groups.
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.