Patriot Act - Political Cartoon Analysis (Guide, Organizer, Assignment, etc.) - This 7 page resource centers on the USA Patriot Act through the analysis of political cartoons. The resource contains an excellent student handout that explains how to analyze the major characteristics of a political cartoon (Symbolism, Text, Imagery, etc.) As well, the handout contains a web link to an online catalog of political cartoons related to the Patriot Act that students will use in order to find a political cartoon for analysis. The guide also contains examples of cartoons to show students the major characteristics found in political cartoons.
Next, the resource contains a one-page cartoon analysis organizer which students will use to analyze their chosen political cartoon ,related to the Patriot Act, for the major characteristics discussed in the student handout.
Finally, the resource contains a writing assignment in which students will use the information form their organizer to show their understanding of the perspective of their chosen Patriot Act political cartoon and their interpretation of its message. The writing assignment includes a marking rubric for ease of assessment.
The resource also includes a detailed teachers guide for ease of use.
This is an excellent resource to use in order to have your students practice analyzing political cartoons related to the Patriot Act, which was passed following the events of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. It is best used once students already have an understanding of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the basic principles and public debate surrounding the Patriot Act.