Political cartoons or editorial cartoons are an illustration or comic strip containing a social or political message which usually relates to current events. They can make a powerful statement but can, at the same time, be complicated to understand.
Analyze a political cartoon relating to civil rights by answering the questions below.
Note to teachers: Please reference the 3 cartoons relating to Brown v. Board of Education available on this website:
www.usd116.org/ProfDev/AHTC/lessons/GersdorfRotramel06/PoliticalCartoons.pdf. You may want to guide your students through this process the first time.
|Visual Expression||Word Expression|
|A. List key people or objects that stand out:||B. What is the title of this cartoon?|
|C. Are there any words/phrases in the cartoon?|
|D. Are those words used by characters in the cartoon?|
|E. Are there any important dates/facts that appear in this cartoon?|
|F. Are there any symbols in the cartoon?||G. Explain how the words in the cartoon explain the symbols.|
|H. Describe any action taking place in the cartoon.||I. Which words or phrases in the cartoon appear to be the most significant?|
|J. Explain what you believe the message of the cartoon is and whether you agree or disagree with the cartoonist‘s message.||K. What special interest groups would agree/disagree with the cartoon‘s message? Why?|