CIVICS - 2017 Political Cartoon Activities – Political cartoons have been a significant influence in American history for as long as political disagreements exist. Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette featured the first political cartoon in 1754 called Join, or Die. Political cartoons can be funny, outrageous, or insulting particularly if the reader understands the illustrated issue. They reveal cultural assumptions, prevailing moods, even real insights about events and trends.
The use of political cartoons in the classroom can have numerous benefits. One of the biggest benefits for students is the fact that political cartoons can be used to develop skills used in language arts, art, economics, and social studies. The Cartoon activity complements the newly posted 2016 Presidential Campaign & General Election Project.
Are you looking for “fun” turn-key activities for students where they can follow political events in current up-to-date format and have fun doing it? If so, this activity package is exactly what you are needing for your students. However, keep in mind that the sampling of cartoons used in this activity packet is now history. Each day new issues and events occur that keep the cartoonists drawing and illustrating their personal point of view!
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