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Analyzing the Purpose and Meaning of Political Cartoons

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Analyzing the Purpose and Meaning of Political Cartoons

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five to seven 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Victoria Mayers Lynn Stone

Bellingham, Washington

Beth O'Connor

Westfield, Massachusetts

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 16

The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.

Students create a political cartoon for the Boston Tea Party and use the interactive Comic Creator to publish them.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 21

Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.

Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 27

Thomas Nast was born on this day in 1840.

Students explore free speech issues, search the newspaper or Internet to create a list of current events, and draw original political cartoons.

 

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