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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.
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 activity 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 activity 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!
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 lesson plan, your pupils will enjoy learning.
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 a editorial cartoon about Foreign Aid. For 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.
Students analyze political cartoons. In this labor union lesson plan, 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 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.