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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.
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.
Eighth graders analyze political cartoons about current issues. They identify the meaning of political symbols and find a representation of a specific symbol in a political cartoon. They write a paragraph about their chosen symbol and cartoon.
High schoolers discover details about political machine bosses. In this political cartoon lesson plan, students use the provided political cartoon analysis worksheet to analyze cartoons of Boss Tweed. High schoolers 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.
Young scholars create shark cartoons to share content and conservation information they have learned about sharks.
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.
Students analyze political cartoons of the Great Depression. In this Great Depression lesson, students determine how Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt  led during the economic downturn as they respond to discussion questions regarding the provided political cartoons.
Learners evaluate the use of scientific concepts in political cartoons. In this critical thinking lesson, students are shown a variety of cartoons by Zoom-In, in which misconceptions about scientific truths are illustrated. Learners work in small groups to understand what the misconceptions are, and create a PowerPoint presentation explaining their findings.
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.
Fifth graders create four to six illustrations that produce sequential movement and change when rapidly flipped through, and demonstrate that motion and change can be shown in a series of illustrations by sharing his/her original cartoon with a partner.
Students work from topics provided by the teacher to create a political cartoon that illustrates imperialism throughout the world, focusing on that which led up to World War One.
Young scholars investigate the Philippine War.  In this propaganda lesson, students read the a timeline of events during the Philippine War.  Young scholars evaluate Philippine propaganda cartoons from the period.
Sixth graders interpret political cartoons of the Civil War era in pairs. In this political cartoons lesson plan, 6th graders analyze the cartoons and present them to their classmates.
In this historical events learning exercise, learners analyze a political cartoon from the 1700's and one from the 1900's . Students respond to 2 short answer questions.
Tenth graders describe cartoons and photos from the Berlin Airlift and put them into a historical context. After a lecture/demo, each pair of students be asked to describe what they see in the photos. They then write a caption for each photo.
In this current events worksheet, students analyze political cartoons that feature the free exchange of ideas and government criticism. Students then respond to 2 short answer questions.

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