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Learners 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 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.
Students 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. Students work in small groups to understand what the misconceptions are, and create a PowerPoint presentation explaining their findings.
Young scholars 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.
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.
In this historical events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon from the 1700's and one from the 1900's . Students respond to 2 short answer questions.
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.
Students investigate the Philippine War.  In this propaganda lesson plan, students read the a timeline of events during the Philippine War.  Students 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 current events worksheet, students analyze political cartoons about the 110th Congress. Students respond to 3 talking point questions.
For this historical events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon by Ben Franklin. Students respond to 3 talking point questions.
In this historical events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about bank failure and respond to 2 talking point questions.
In this current events worksheet, students analyze political cartoons that feature the use of persuasion and propaganda. Students respond to 2 short answer questions.
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.
Using a Smartboard, learners break apart symbolism found in a political cartoon published in 1902. They work to analyze the cartoon in terms of US Imperialism occurring in the late 1890s. All necessary materials are included in this well designed lesson.
Students add their voice to a cartoon character and review sound waves using music technology software. They record specific information into the computer using a microphone and import their voice into the Flash program and apply it to one of the cartoon characters. Immediately after importing their voice, students can play their cartoon clip on the computer.
Young scholars create cartoons to remember science vocabulary words. In this vocabulary instructional activity, students create cartoons in Paint or Power Point.  They share them with the class.
In this current events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about the making of an editorial cartoon and respond to 3 talking point questions.
In this current events instructional activity, students analyze political cartoons featuring the use of clichés. Students respond to 2 talking point questions.

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