Archive for the comics about teaching journalism Category
I don’t know if “open campus” is a practice which other high schools indulge… I know my high school didn’t have it when I was growing up. In brief: Upperclassmen who hit certain GPA and conduct standards are allowed to leave the campus for lunch.
As an incentive, open campus seems to be a double-edged sword; while I believe it does inspire kids to do better in classes, the process seems almost impossible to monitor. Many kids skipping off campus for some Arby’s haven’t truly earned the privilege.
I never worked it in with the past ten weeks of comics, but all throughout the semester, students have been reading Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know about Fast Food by Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser. Some of you might recognize Schlosser’s name; he wrote the bestselling novel Fast Food Nation. The book is a little easer than I wanted for a senior class, but it’s got all the material I wanted to cover… and it’s good in bite-size chunks.
This is entirely true. Due to budgetary schools and some other issues, our school is without a nurse on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s one of those things where people will really take up and notice the problem immediately following some kind of problem where we desperately need a nurse on call and don’t have access to one.
Here’s Danny’s comic about the situation; I thought it was rather good.
Windsor McKay drew the comic I “sampled” and it’s titled Fame Fortune and Wealth and was originally published in 1928. I felt since I used it as a teaching tool in my class… and since I was using this comic to illustrate how I use McKay’s incredible work as examples of “days gone by” for editorial cartoons.
Last semester, my unit on opinions and editorials dovetailed with the death of Andy Rooney. Rooney had a fantastic career but even when I was a teenager, his rambling 60 Minutes pieces were a punch line for comedians everywhere. Of course, times change and I’m not surprised most of my students weren’t familiar with his work.
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