Political Cartoons: What's the Message?

Political Cartoons: What's the Message?

CRA Description : 
This assignment asks students to analyze political cartoons to discern their meaning and to evaluate their use of artistic, literary, and rhetorical techniques.
Subjects: 
English Language Arts
Social Studies
US Government
US History
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Caption
Caricature
Exaggeration
Humor
Imagery
Irony
Position
Sarcasm
Satire
Text
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should have some knowledge of the stock images commonly used in political cartoons (e.g., the Democratic Donkey and Republican elephant, the Statue of Liberty, and Uncle Sam). Because cartoonists count on their audience associating these images with particular meanings in order to decipher the intended message, a class review of stock images found in political cartoons may be necessary. Students should have familiarity with and understanding of rhetorical analysis. Students should be comfortable using word processing software and have prior understanding of and practice in all parts of the writing process, including invention, drafting, revision, and proofreading.