Political Cartoon Analysis: Join or Die

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7th - 12th
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11 (including cover and transition pages)
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Political Cartoons are a great way to analyze historical events. These allowed for a rigorous way to teach the standard.
This was a great supplemental project to our classroom discussion. This helped students understand the concept of stronger together and was a quick in class task.


This “Join or Die” political cartoon analysis activity examines the political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin at the outset of the French and Indian War. The cartoon was also adopted during the Revolutionary War Era. Today, it is, perhaps, the most recognizable American political cartoon.

In this activity, students will examine this political cartoon from 1754. Through answering a series of Level 1, 2 and 3 questions, students will analyze the symbolism and meaning of the political cartoon.

The ability to analyze political cartoons and other primary sources is an invaluable skill for students. These sheets are a fantastic way to help your students begin to understand how to analyze political cartoons. After a bit of practice, analyzing political cartoons and other primary sources will become second-nature for them!

I have found these primary source analysis activities to be extremely valuable in helping to prepare my students for the state End of Course (EOC) Exam— a.k.a. the “Political Cartoon Test.” I really hope you find these useful, as well!

These analysis sheets include Level 1, 2, and 3 questions.

There are two versions of the Analysis Sheet included for your convenience.

One-Page Version: This is a one-page version of the analysis sheet. Perfect for interactive notebooks!

Class Set Version: Have a strict copying limit policy at your school? No worries! This version has the cartoon and all the questions from the long version on the same page. Perfect for making a class set that you can use with all your classes!

Answer Keys: Answer keys with suggested answers.

You also might be interested in the other Political Cartoon Activities I have available:

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This activity is also included as a part of my Political Cartoon Bundle:

Political Cartoon Analysis Activity: BUNDLE!
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