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High schoolers analyze political cartoons. In this civil rights activity, students analyze a political cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon that depicts Everett Dirksen and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Students analyze political cartoons. In this reapportionment amendment lesson, students analyze political cartoons to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon.  
Students analyze political cartoons. In this labor union lesson, students analyze a political cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon regarding the repeal of the Taft-Hartley labor law.
Students analyze editorial cartoons. In this Everett Dirksen lesson, students analyze the historical context and visual elements of a political cartoon featuring the senator from 1966.
Students analyze political cartoons. In this Vietnam lesson, students analyze political cartoons to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon regarding the Republican outlook on Vietnam.
Learners 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 that memorialize late Senator Everett Dirksen.
Students analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon lesson, students analyze an editorial cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, visual composition, and satire of the cartoon regarding poverty and environmental issues.
Students consider gay rights. In this editorial cartoon instructional activity, students analyze an editorial cartoon by identifying the idioms and puns in the cartoon. Students create their own editorial cartoons.
Students offer their opinions regarding political issues. In this political cartoons lesson plan, students examine political cartoons and then choose political issues that they satirize in original political cartoons.
Seventh graders view political cartoons about segregation and analyze them.  In this primary sources instructional activity, 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 political cartoons from 1774 through today, determine their meanings through analysis and discussion, and create their own political cartoons focusing on historical issues studied in class.
Learners analyze political cartoons. For this historical perspectives lesson, students use the provided cartoon analysis worksheet to examine the political cartoons that their instructor shares with them.
Students draw political cartoons. In 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.
Eleventh graders, in groups, research different segments of the Jim Crow Era; create a political cartoon for a class museum; and, as curators, share their political cartoon exhibits with the class. Finally, the class debrief the assignment.
Students describe political events, figures, and ideas in political cartoon, "Join, or Die," interpret message in political cartoon in terms of events leading to American Revolution, and answer questions about political cartoon.
Students analyze primary source documents to understand the Korean War. In this Korean War lesson, students view a political cartoon and discuss the symbolism and perspective presented. Students work in groups to complete a worksheet to analyze another political poster or cartoon and present their findings to the class. Students discuss how nationalism affects the perspective of the causes and effects of the Korean War.
Examine historical perspectives through the use of political cartoons. Learners complete analysis activities related to the president's title, the establishment of the national bank, and the Jay Treaty.
Students discover details about political machine bosses. In this political cartoon instructional activity, students use the provided political cartoon analysis worksheet to analyze cartoons of Boss Tweed. Students then compose essays about the effectiveness of political cartoons. 
Readers decode and deconstruct political cartoons to heighten critical thinking, extra-textual literacy, and making meaning from symbolism and metaphor. A compatible activity to use in English class when your 8th or 11th graders are studying political cartoons in American history.
Students create shark cartoons to share content and conservation information they have learned about sharks.

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