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Political Cartoons

social studies lesson on interpreting political cartoons.

Sara Stanford

on 12 May 2011

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Transcript of Political Cartoons

The First Amendment assures Americans the freedon to express their views on political matters. This can be done through political or editorial cartoons. Political cartoonists use art to express political opinions. Political cartoonists have their work published in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Political cartoons usually focus on public figures, political events, or economic or social conditions. How to Interpret a political cartoon 1. Read the title, caption, or conversation baloons, Most cartoons will carry at least one of these elements. They will help you identify the subject of the cartoon. 3. Identify the symbols. Some caricatures may stand for something else. Commonly recognized symbols may not be labeled. Unusual symbolism will be labeled. 4. Examine the actions in the cartoon to determining what is happening and why they are important. 5. Identify the cartoon's purpose. State the point the cartoon makes about the actual situation. 6. Decide if the cartoon wants to persuade, criticize, or provoke thought. 2. Identify the characters. They may be caricatures or unrealistic drawings that exaggerate the characters' physical features. Political Cartoons First political cartoon published in the Pennsylvania Gazette and created by Benjamin Franklin. What does this cartoon represent?
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