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Political Cartoons from the War of 1812
Long before the advent of Facebook and television, political cartoons were a primary mechanism for influencing public opinion. Support your learners through a thorough analysis process and explore how these cartoons had a profound effect on the American public during the War of 1812.
Learners read and create cartoons that are based on endangered and threatened species. The lesson is packed with terrific student handouts, including some very good cartoons that are based on conservation and animal issues. The instructions given for student-created cartoons are clear and concise. Some terrific learning, and artwork, should be the outcome of employing this fine lesson with your class.
Third graders read and create cartoons about endangered and threatened species of plants. Pupils are split up into groups. They each consider a conservation cartoon and attempt to decipher its meaning. They must decide if they agree or disagree with the author's message. Then, they get to design and create their own cartoon that carries a conservation message. What a fantastic way to combine visual arts, language arts, and science!
Jokes, Quotations, and Cartoons in Economics
A joke or cartoon is only funny when you get the punch line. Learners apply their understanding of economic theory to analyzing economic jokes, quotes, and cartoons. They watch and discuss a video clip of Paul Solman entitled, "Stand-up Economists Play off FInances for Laughs," then they analyze several economic jokes and cartoons. A good concept-application lesson, your pupils will enjoy learning.
Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plan
Students consider the role of editorial cartoons on American politics. For this editorial cartoons lesson, students discover the history of the cartoons in America, analyze some cartoons, and then draw their own cartoons that make social statements.
Students explore political cartoons. In this government current events lesson, students analyze the visual language and symbolism present in five different political cartoons. Students discuss the event or issue that inspired the cartoon, as well as the symbols, icons and possible message it conveys.
The Art of Political Cartoons in Revolutionary America
Students analyze political cartoons. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the provided political cartoons and respond to analytical questions about each of them.
Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
Students study a current political cartoon to introduce the ideas of symbolism, humor, exaggeration, and caricature in editorial cartoons. They study cartoons from the past to gain an understanding of the culture of 1912.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: 1950 Senate Campaign
Young scholars examine editotial cartoons as primary sources for exploring, evaluating and identifying context, and opinion from a historical event.
A Medieval Mystery: Can you decode the dark secrets of this cartoon?
Students discover coding in medieval cartoons. In this medieval mystery lesson, students view cartoons from history to see if they can identify the clues or solve the mystery.
Cashing In on Cartoons
Students examine the popularity of cartoon characters in marketing strategies. They work on developing their own cartoon characters that could be used for a licensing plan.
All ages love to engage in cartoon writing –- little do they know that they actually learn quite a bit from it! In an instructional session focused on literacy syntax and vocabulary, your pupils work cooperatively to draw six pictures and add captions including prepositions of place. English language learners practice oral language skills using proper prepositional phrases.
Analyzing Political Cartoons - It's No Laughing Matter
Seventh graders view political cartoons about segregation and analyze them. In this primary sources lesson, 7th graders label the techniques used in the political cartoon of Herblock. Students examine four cartoons and label the techniques used to persuade readers.
Students examine a variety of historical cartoons. They recognize a political cartoon and identify the main idea, symbolism, exaggeration and caricature in political cartoons. Students analyze a political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: A Senate Leader and Civil Rights
High schoolers analyze editorial cartoons. In this civil rights lesson, students analyze a political cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon that depicts the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: The President and a Senate Leader
Students analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon lesson, students analyze an editorial cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon regarding Senator Everett Dirksen.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: A Politician's "Flexibility"
Students create Editorial Cartoons. In this analysis lesson, students will create and analyse editorial cartoons. This lesson includes a step by step process, showing students how to analyze political cartoons; these steps could be applied to other analysis projects.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: Foreign Aid
Students analyze a editorial cartoon about Foreign Aid. In this critical analysis lesson, students examine, interpret and analyze editorial cartoons. Students are given a complete step by step process to follow to assist them in analyzing the political cartoon. This lesson includes many online links and steps that could be used to analyze other materials.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: 1960 Presidential Campaign
High schoolers analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon lesson, students analyze a political cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon regarding the 1960 presidential campaign.
Analyzing Editorial Cartoons: Domestic Program
Students analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon activity, students analyze a political cartoon from 1961 to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics involved in creating the political commentary.