Dr. Seuss and WWII

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What famous children's author and illustrator created World War II political cartoons featuring such subjects as fascism, the war effort, discrimination, and the dangers of isolationism? The who in this story is Dr. Seuss, and what better way to learn to analyze political cartoons than to examine some of his work?    

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Model the analysis process using one of Seuss's cartoons, and use a second as guided practice before asking groups to analyze one of the provided examples
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes class members are familiar with the political climate during World War II
Pros

  • The nine-page packet includes biographical information, an introduction to the devices cartoonists use to relay their message, four of Seuss's political cartoons, and a worksheet
Cons

  • Some learners may need additional scaffolding, in the form of modeling, perhaps, to successfully analyze the provided cartoons