I love memes. I regularly screenshot memes that amuse me and text them to my kids. I’ve been known to do this while they’re sitting in the same room as me. I’ll giggle, screenshot, send the text, and sit there waiting for them to get the notification. Yes, I am weird. My favorites are the history memes. Then a few years ago I realized a great way to show mastery of history lessons is to create memes. So I set out to teach history by creating memes.
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Can you teach history by creating memes?
I got asked that the other day on Twitter after sharing a page of history memes. Someone wanted to know what the point of them was.
Aside from their being absolutely hilarious?
Oh, right that’s not a super great reason to share them.
If you understand a subject well enough to make a joke about it, then you understand it well enough to pass a test on the subject.
Or, you understand the subject well enough to understand why it’s important.
Or because the event itself is hilarious, because let’s face it the Emu War is hilarious no matter how you explain it.
I assign creating memes
That’s right as part of our history lessons I’ve started including making history memes as a hands-on lesson.
After the first month I gave the assignment, I added in a few extra rules:
- you cannot make more than one meme for a specific event
- use different meme templates and try to stretch yourself
- tell me what event you’re memeing just in case it’s not totally clear.
Where to find meme templates
Okay, here’s the thing I love, you don’t have to just make this up out of whole cloth.
Though you totally could, we’ve certainly done that, but there are certain templates that are easy to work with.
Okay, anything beyond that (in my quick lazy search) is downloading an app of some sort.