Subject Area(s): Social Studies, Civics

Grade Level(s): 4 - 12

Format of Library of Congress media: Political Cartoons

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1-2 hours (at least two consecutive days) or more.

Lesson Summary

The teacher will show the students examples of political cartooning through time. (There are site connections to Library of Congress under "resources") After discussing the impact of political cartoons, the students will be asked to generate their own cartoon based on the politics of the day. The class cartoons can be put together into a book if the teacher wants to go that far. Students may also wish to share their cartoons and discuss the desired impact, critiquing each others efforts.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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