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Newspapers: Political Cartoons

These sites have lesson plans and activity ideas for analyzing political cartoons. Includes information on the use of symbolism in the cartoons and links to many examples. Learn about artist Thomas Nast who created the symbol for the Republican party. There are links to eThemes Resources on using newspapers in the classroom and Dr. Suess.


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This site offers free lessons every other week on a variety of cartoons. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can download this two-page PDF file "Cartoon Analysis Worksheet."
Teachers can use these handouts to ask students how these political cartoons show stereotypes and misconceptions that Americans have about Islam and the Middle East. These handouts are a three-page PDF file.
This site has a collection of the political cartoons from Truman's 1948 election campaign.
This lesson plan from the Truman Presidential Museum and Library is about teaching the meanings of political cartoons by determining a cartoon's subject, object, and verb. There are links to different cartoons the students can analyze.
This worksheet can be adapted for younger students to help them learn to analyze political cartoons.
Use this worksheet to explore the editorials section of the newspaper, including the political cartoons.
This handout has questions that can help guide students as they analyze the meaning of political cartoons. The handout is a two-page PDF file.
This lesson plan from the Truman Presidential Museum and Library is about teaching the symbols used in political cartoons.
This is a Flash animated site with animated and non-animated political cartoons. NOTE: The site has a link to a forum.
This site has an image of Nast and a brief biography.
Students can read this biography of cartoonist Thomas Nast. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can browse the "Cartoon Portfolio" and then click on "Biography" for more information on Thomas Nast.
Find out the source for the modern symbols of the Republicans and Democrats. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This lesson plan about political cartoons is for grades 9-12.
These sites are about author Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Read about his writing career and his famous children's books, plus view his political cartoons. Take a virtual tour of a memorial in his hometown. Several sites include suggested classroom activities and online games to go along with his books, including "Green Eggs and Ham," "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!" "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street," "The Cat in the Hat," and more.
These sites offer numerous ideas for using newspapers in the classroom. The suggested activities include using newspapers to teach concepts in subject areas such as language arts, social studies, and math. Includes information about media literacy skills. There are links to eThemes Resources on news sites for kids and news production.

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