While surfing youtube for my final blog post, I stumbled upon a video that a 7th grade teacher made in order to showcase her teaching style. This style is all about getting the kids engaged in World History by using popular culture as a incentive.
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When I thought about how effective that style was for teaching history, I began to think about our class as a whole. Not only do we learn about the history of the animation but we learn history through animation. There are just so many animated shows that teach us about history every day.
In the video, the teacher uses clips from popular shows like Family Guy and the Simpsons. Both of these shows use history as a foil in order to perfect the parody. Like in this Family guy clip, it uses the Nazis as a way to parody the McCain/Palin campaign.
Now of course this clip doesn’t lay out a lecture about Nazis or the McCain/Palin campaign but it does touch on some popular feelings about McCain/Palin being like the classic evil during World War II, the Nazis. This tiny sliver of history justs goes to show how history is in a lot of popular culture nowadays and no one really notices.