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High schoolers 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. High schoolers 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.
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 research, analyze and study the history of political cartooning in the United States. They recognize a political cartoon, be able to identify the main idea, the symbols and the exaggeration and caricature in political cartoons. Each student also compare/contrast cartoons from William Howard Taft's presidency with contemporary cartoons about the Bush presidency.
Students explore the late 1800s as a time of demographic change in the US. They view the role of media during this time in the form of posters and political cartoons. They create a political poster/cartoon that deals with current immigration issues as well as techniques necessary to analyze political posters/cartoons.
During the Industrial and commercial expansion of the United States, war broke out between America and the Philippines. Explore conflict, American Imperialism, and political cartoons with this creative project. Learners view the film, Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire 1898-1904, complete a worksheet, analyze political cartoons, then create one of their own to demonstrate their understanding.