Tuesday, May 28


This week we’re spending some time with the ways in which people around the world reacted to the Treaty of Versailles and the possibility of joining U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s proposed “League of Nations.”  We know the U.S. chose to isolate themselves from the post-WWI conflict by NOT joining the League of Nations despite the fact that this supranational organization was conceived by the U.S. President.  To help us unpack our overarching essential question, today we will focus on the two supporting questions of:

How did the world view the Treaty of Versailles?

To unpack this question that we began to focus on yesterday, students will take a look at these four political cartoons seen in this here International Reactions to the Treaty of Versailles. While the Treaty of Versailles established the conditions for post-WWI peace, further efforts to unify world powers into a League of Nations were met with a variety of opinions.  This leads into our next supporting question of…

How did American’s view their involvement with the League of Nations?

To unpack this question, students will assess the POINT OF VIEW of the following political cartoons using this here graphic organizer: American Perspectives on the League of Nations – “To Join or Not to Join?”.  Some useful practices in analyzing political cartoons include:

  • Identify the basics: who, what, when, where!? Symbolism?
  • Who is the intended audience? How do you know?
  • What is the purpose of this political cartoon?  What action does it intend to promote?
  • What method does the cartoon use to convey its message?  (i.e.: guilt?  fear? nationalism/pride? righteousness? …)

We’ve taken a keen inquiry into the reorganization of Europe after WWI, and now we’re going to take a look at the territorial reorganization of the Middle East after WWI.