Cartoons for the Classroom: Sarcasm, Irony, and Satire

Satire, sarcasm, or irony? Editorial cartoons have long been the tool artists use to express their opinions about politics and politicians. Kevin "Kai" Kallaugher's four-panel cartoon offers readers an opportunity to examine how he uses sarcasm, irony, and satire to reveal his perspective on current events. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to create their own multi-paneled cartoon that illustrates sarcasm, irony, and satire
Classroom Considerations
  • The cartoon is dated; be prepared to provide contextual background information about Ben Laden, Sarah Palin, and former President Obama
Pros
  • Between the Lines defines each of the three literary concepts
  • Talking Points guide deeper thinking about how the concepts are used in the cartoon
Cons
  • None
Common Core