Should the United States have been an imperial nation?
Let’s find out with some editorials – written and drawn! Here is the rubric!
Overall target – I can evaluate American imperialism from multiple perspectives.
I can develop an original editorial claim and support it with sufficient historical evidence.
For your EDITORIAL, you will write a SINGLE PARAGRAPH either supporting or opposing imperialism. Your opinion should be the opposite of the one you present in your cartoon. Type your editorial as a google doc using THE FORM AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM and submit it on Google Classroom.
- Make sure you have a topic sentence with a CLAIM or THESIS and key idea words in BOLD. DO NOT simply use “America should have / should not have been an imperial nation for many reasons”.
- Develop ONE KEY ARGUMENT, and have all of your supporting EVIDENCE relate to the key idea. (If your key idea is “apples”, support it with examples of apples – not bananas, kiwi, or blackberries.)
- DO NOT USE “for many reasons” AS YOUR CLAIM or THESIS!
- Make sure your evidence is specific and historically accurate. Use the resources provided and your American imperialism guide to come up with excellent supporting details.
- Do not simply list the information from your notes. Come up with an original thought or two.
- Pay attention to the 6 traits of writing – ideas, voice, organization, word choice, fluency, and conventions
- DO NOT USE FIRST PERSON!
HINT – Don’t overthink this! Look at your PROS and CONS from your debate notes, and then try to tie a few together. You cannot use every bit of information about imperialism in one paragraph!
I can create an original and effective editorial cartoon using cartooning techniques.
For your EDITORIAL CARTOON, you will draw a SINGLE CARTOON either supporting or opposing imperialism. Your opinion should be the opposite (pro/con )of the one you present in your editorial.
- Make sure you have an ISSUE as the subject of your cartoon. you can draw your cartoon about imperialism in general or a single specific event involving American imperialism.
- Think of some of the TECHNIQUES you saw in the debate presentation – symbolism, analogy, stereotype, exaggeration, caricature, references, sarcasm – but you can’t use them all
- Have a clear and insightful comment (or thesis) – but not one that is too obvious
- Pay attention to neatness and detail, and make it more than just a series of scratches on a piece of paper
- Draw it on a full sheet of unlined printer paper, hand it in WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BACK, and take a picture of it so it can be shared online
HINT – The easiest way to create a cartoon is to think of your comment (thesis) first, then apply one or two of the techniques.