Learning to Analyze Political Cartoons with Lincoln as a Case Study

Discover the five main elements political cartoonists use—symbolism, captioning and labels, analogy, irony, and exaggeration—to convey their point of view.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Before looking at the historical political cartoons, consider analyzing modern cartoons so as to engage learners and solidify the process of analysis

  • PowerPoint incorporates a variety of examples of political cartoons for analysis practice
  • Thorough analysis worksheet that can be re-used for other lessons

  • Instructor will have to do a fair amount of personal research on the included political cartoons in order to execute the lesson