Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike Luckovich, recently collaborated with eighth graders to demonstrate his political cartooning creative process. Mr. Luckovich was invited to assist in a design thinking challenge presented to the students in their social studies course. Students were challenged to create political cartoons based on one of their class topics, “The Legacy of Reconstruction.” During his visit Luckovich shared many of his prize-winning cartoons, described his creative process, and drew a cartoon for students depicting their Spanish teacher, Senor Derek McCloud.

Middle Schoolers asked insightful questions from this prolific, external expert, challenging Luckovich to identify the hardest part of his job. Sharing a candid answer, he responded that procrastination–because of the daily deadlines—is the most challenging aspect of the work, but added that getting feedback from colleagues and reading a lot of newspapers and news websites often helped generate ideas. This project is just one of the many ways Mount Vernon calls upon the expertise of outside experts to make learning more relevant and focused on the real world.

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