How did you pick this theme or topic?
I wanted to talk about freedom of speech and compare what is doable here and in France.
How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I had brought some “Charlie Hebdo” newspapers as well as a bunch of caricatures of Bush, Obama, Sarkozy, the pope. First I asked them what the use of caricatures was, and who could be criticized.
Then I divided them into groups and asked and gave them either “sarko” or the Pope… and also asked them to look at some of the caricatures in Charlie hebdo. Then Altogether, each group had to describe some of their caricatures.
Then I showed a caricature of “Mahomet” on the Charlie hebdo cover and explain the controversy and we talked about the caricatures of Mahomet published in the Danish newspaper.
I asked them if religion could be criticized that much in the US…
How did students react?
They liked most the caricatures, and they were interested in knowing some of the underlying stories behind them (about Segolene royal…)
Did they engage with each other and you?
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Slideshow, newspaper fill in the blank
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?