Genetic engineering involves many issues with multiple viewpoints.
In this activity, students will form and express their own position/opinion
on a genetic engineering issue by creating a political/editorial
political cartoons (for research)
pens, pencils, markers
1. Investigate how political/editorial cartoons are used to express
2. Research the use of symbols and images in political cartoons.
3. Use other cartoons as a springboard to plan their own cartoon.
4. Create a cartoon based on their position of an issue involving
5. Submit their cartoons to the school paper or Explore More Web
site, if applicable.
Assess comprehension through discussion and development of the cartoons.
Standards and Benchmarks
Standard 19: Understands what is meant by "the public agenda,"
how it is set, and how it is influenced by public opinion and the
Level 3 (Grade 6-8)
1. Knows that the public agenda consists of those matters that occupy
public attention at any particular time (e.g., crime, health care
education, child care, environmental protection, drug abuse)
2. Knows how the public agenda is shaped by political leaders, interest
groups, and state and federal courts; and understands how individual
citizens can help shape the public agenda (e.g., by joining interest
groups or political parties, making presentations at public meetings,
writing letters to government officials and to newspapers)
3. Understands the importance of freedom of the press to informed
participation in the political system; and understands the influence
of television, radio, the press, newsletters, and emerging means
of electronic communication on American politics
4. Knows how Congress, the president, the Supreme Court, and state
and local public officials use the media to communicate with the
5. Understands how citizens can evaluate information and arguments
received choices on public issues and among candidates for political
6. Understands the opportunities that the media provides for individuals
to monitor the actions of their government (e.g., televised broadcasts
of proceedings of governmental agencies such as Congress and the
courts, public officials' press conferences) and communicate their
concerns and positions on current issues (e.g., letters to the editor,
talk shows, "op-ed pages," public opinion polls)