Sayre educator, Mr. Jason Pipher, recently gave students a unique and engaging assignment — draw a political cartoon in his American history class. According to Mr. Pipher, the NY Times invited students from around the country, ages of 13-19, to take a stand on a topic of their choice and illustrate their opinions, commentary, or criticism on far-ranging areas of interest (e.g. school stress, current events, historical events, Donald Trump, deflate-gate, etc.).
“My classes all participated and uploaded their work along with at least one student-selected NY Times source that related to each student’s topic,” Mr. Pipher told Planet Numeracy.
One of Mr. Pipher’s prize students, Brooke Zurn, drew her characterization of a 3rd grade classroom be schooled in high school math. The drawing below netted her an Honorable Mention from the panel of judges.
According to Mr. Pipher, the judges included Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Adam Zyglis whose work has appeared around the world (Washington Post, NY Times) and Jen Sorensen, winner of the 2014 Herblock Prize & the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for editorial cartooning. These two served as outside-judges in selecting the winners and finalists.
High praise indeed for any student who was selected!
Brooke and Mr. Pipher make us all Redskin Proud!