Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Memes in the Classroom? Check out this example!

Back on February 12, 2021, I wrote a blog post about how have students create memes for concepts learned in class using Google Slides and Google Classroom. Memes can be a great activity for identifying or connecting underlying themes as well as making content to pop culture connections.

In a lesson I recently taught about Manifest Destiny, my students, most of which are English learners, came up with some brilliant memes. I curated their memes on my Cardinal Innovation Center website. As more memes get added to the website, I am able to use them for spiral review and preview in future classes.  Click the bold titles below to see more examples of student generated memes.

Manifest Destiny

In this lesson, students learned how the United States believed it was their destiny to rule land from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans and how they made this dream come true.

In this lesson, students learned the basic causes of the Mexican American War and the role the War played in achieving Manifest Destiny.

In this lesson, students learned the purpose of the Spanish American War, its role in American Imperialism, and the spoils the US gained as a result.

In this lesson, students learned about Mark Twain's criticism of American Imperialism.

If you curate memes on a Google Site, students can use the memes as method of review, writing prompt, fodder for academic conversations, peer feedback, metacognition and more. How will you use memes in your grade level and or content area? If you have any questions and would like a follow up, contact me via Gmail or Chat at ajuarez@techcoachjuarez.com. 

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