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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 plan 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 plan 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!
Young scholars consider the role of editorial cartoons on American politics. In this editorial cartoons instructional activity, 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. 
Students analyze political cartoons. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the provided political cartoons and respond to analytical questions about each of them.
Young scholars 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.
Students examine editotial cartoons as primary sources for exploring, evaluating and identifying context, and opinion from a historical event.
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. 
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.
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 instructional activity, your pupils will enjoy learning.
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.
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.
High schoolers analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon activity, 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.
Students analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon lesson, 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.
Students analyze editorial 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 relationship between President Kennedy and other politicians.
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 the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Students analyze political 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 Everett Dirksen and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Learners analyze political cartoons. In this reapportionment amendment activity, students analyze political cartoons to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, and exaggerated characteristics of the cartoon.  

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