This activity includes 8 political cartoons from different time periods in U.S. history. The goal of the activity is to get students to carefully analyze, breakdown, and understand the point of political cartoons. Along with each of the 8 cartoons are 8 charts to be completed by students. The charts ask for the Who, What, Where, When, Why (Main Idea) of each of the cartoons. Students are encouraged to use bullet points and to fill in as much of the box as possible.
Students can complete this activity independently, or in rotating groups.
As a wrap-up activity, the teacher should go over all of the cartoons in a whole-group instruction setting with students sharing their observations out loud.
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