Cartoonists use simple objects, or symbols, to stand for larger concepts or ideas. Sometimes cartoonists overdo, or exaggerate, the physical characteristics of people or things in order to make a point. Political cartoons are powerful because they convey meaning at varying levels. Simply glancing at a political cartoon does not suffice.
In this activity, students are given three political cartoons pertaining to World War II. They deal with various aspects from the war such as:
1. Non-Agression Pact of 1939 (Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact)
2. Tripartite Pact in 1941 (Berlin Pact)
3. U.S. Neutrality Act
This is a great activity for visual learners! Includes a completed answer key and an information bank for key terms! Ready to use!!