Use this simple critical-viewing strategy to guide students’ analysis of any visual media. By prompting students to slow down their thinking and simply observe before drawing conclusions and asking questions, you can help them engage more deeply with and analyze more thoughtfully the media they are viewing. For a more detailed critical-viewing approach, see the Analyzing Images teaching strategy.1
Display the image or pass out copies to students, and then pose the following three questions in order. Pause after each question to give students time to reflect.
After posing each question, you might ask students to simply respond in their journals, or you might use the Think, Pair, Share strategy to provide the opportunity for brief paired and whole-class discussions.
Students are introduced to the history of Western imperialism in East Asia and its influence on the identities and ambitions of Japan and China.
Students reflect on how the Holocaust can educate us about our responsibilities to confront genocide and injustice today.