Want to help your students learn how to analyze political cartoons? This resource scaffolds that important skill by having students work together to identify 4 of the most common techniques cartoonists use: Symbolism (and labeling), exaggeration, analogy, and irony. Each technique is carefully explained and matched to an appropriate cartoon available from the Library of Congress's collection.
Students will complete cloze notes (answer key included) and answer analysis prompts for each image. This file includes a check for understanding that can be used as an exit ticket. Students are asked to apply their learning to a new cartoon. This document also contains example answers matched to grades (above, meets, and below expectations) to help teachers evaluate student learning.
This activity also helps students think more deeply about the Spanish-American War, especially the influence of yellow journalism the divisions between pro- and anti- war factions. Correlates to Virginia SOL USII.5A and prepares students for a deeper understanding of 5B.