Designed as a group activity, this lesson will have young historians use critical thinking skills to place political cartoons into their topical category and create a poster of their findings. This 12 slide power point will provide you with everything you need except for the cartoons and works well with Kagan style collaborative groups. Groups will be provided with random selections of cartoons and a category. Using reasoning skills, they will decide which cartoons fit their categories and why. They will then arrange them onto a poster along with their reasons for selection.
However, since they will need to have 6-10 cartoons for their respective posters, they likely will be facing a shortfall. Enter the Traders. Traders will seek out cartoons to trade with other groups from the other categories in order to complete their own posters. Categories include: Foreign Policy, Political Campaigns; Domestic Policy; and State & Local Issues.
You will want to start collecting your cartoons now, and beg them from your colleagues. Creating your own sample poster will serve as a great guide. Display and, of course, lamination of your young historians' creations will provide you with samples for future years. Ready, set, GO!
Categorizing Political Cartoons
by Paul Chandler
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