Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Propaganda appreciation - teaching method

Obviously, just watching the cartoons is not enough. It might be with cartoons that are culturally appropriate and have a benign meaning, such as Private Snafu.

But in this case most of the cartoons are actively evil, and we're trying to subvert their meaning.

This requires a much higher level of analysis, which the students probably cannot do on their own. This requires a more structured approach:

  1. Introductory material, which the students can either hear or read.
  2. Questions to think about while watching the movie.
  3. Watching the movie.
  4. Post movie discussion.
The first two items can be provided in a student guide. The last one would require a grown up to have an actual discussion with. Therefore, it would require a separate instructor's guide.

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