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Developing Cartoon Characters
High schoolers develop cartooning techniques through the practice of various on-line lessons. This instructional activity is an introduction to cartooning and requires a class website and resource links.
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The Korean War through the Perspectives of Political Cartoons and Political Posters
Students analyze primary source documents to understand the Korean War. For this Korean War lesson, students view a political cartoon and discuss the symbolism and perspective presented. Students work in groups to complete a worksheet to...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Historical and Cultural Context
An insult to American politicians? A satire of news media? Or a critique of censorship, political corruption, and media propaganda? As part of a unit study on film, class members examine how director Frank Capra's develops these themes...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Political Cartoons: Literacy
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...
8th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts
That's Absurd! Understanding the Use of Satire
Based around the documentary Battlestar Galactica: Propaganda and War, this plan asks learners to create a satirical piece. After a discussion about satire, the class views the documentary and then splits off into pairs to complete the...
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Make Beliefs Comix
Designing comic strips is an activity packed with fun and great potential for developing academic skills! From summarizing historical events or scenes in literature, to practicing expressions in a foreign language, this highly engaging...
2nd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Comedy Across the Curriculum
The New York Times Learning Network provides the resources that permit pupils to examine and then write and perform a fake news broadcast in the vein of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update. The generated reports...
11th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Insults by Shakespeare
Draw your class into Shakespeare's world with very old-school smack talk. Through these creative curses, Shakespeare efficiently sets the mood and develops relationships between characters. The narrator breaks down several examples from...
6 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
An engaging and highly relevant way for students to examine classic literary ideas. Although the primary text for this resource is nontraditional ( the 1993 movie Groundhog Day), this plan incorporates several more classical, literary...
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
Analyzing Election Cartoons
Students are introduced to the history of political cartoons and examine both historical and modern examples. They analyze a cartoon that expresses an opinion about a current event different than their own and develop an original cartoon...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History