Showing posts with label Editorial Cartoons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Editorial Cartoons. Show all posts

Monday, October 24, 2011

Political Cartoons in the Classroom

This morning I am in Fort Myers, Florida for a conference with the National Council for History Education. One of the activities that one of the instructors is facilitating this morning deals with political/ editorial cartoons. The activity reminded me of a couple of political/ editorial cartoon resources that I've reviewed in the past. Those reviews are included below.

Cartoons for the Classroom is a service of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Cartoons in the Classroom offers more than one hundred lesson plans based on editorial cartoons created by the members of the AAEC. Each lesson plan is available as free pdf download. As you might expect, most of the lessons deal with current political and economic topics, but you will also find some lessons that are not time sensitive.

In addition to lesson plans Cartoons for the Classroom provides links to other cartoon resources. One of those resources is the Opper Project. The Opper Project provides lesson plans for teaching history through editorial cartoons.

If you use primary source documents in your classroom, the Library of Congress Teacher's Page is a site you should check out. A part of the Teacher's Page is the primary source center. The primary source center walks teachers through the process of locating documents on the Library of Congress' site. The primary source center also provides guides for using various types of primary sources including political cartoons, photographs, and oral histories.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Running for Office - A Political Cartoon Exhibit

Running for Office is an online exhibit of the political cartoons of Clifford Berryman. Berryman is probably best known for his cartoon featuring Theodore Roosevelt having compassion for a bear cub. That cartoon inspired the creation of the Teddy Bear. Berryman drew political cartoons for Washington newspapers for more than fifty years.

The National Archives has put together a fifty-two page online exhibit of Berryman's cartoons. The cartoons chronicle the process of choosing the President. The exhibit also includes cartoons about running for Congress. Running for Office does a good job of explaining the meaning and historical context of the cartoons. Almost all of the cartoons in the exhibit can be downloaded for free.



















Applications for Education
Running for Office provides teachers of US History with excellent cartoons that they can use in their classrooms. The cartoons can be used for a lesson on satire or used for a lesson on a particular campaign or person from the early 20th century. Students can also study the collection of cartoons to compare the campaign process of today with that of the early 20th century.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
More than 100 Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plans
Pictures and Cartoons from PRI's The World
Lessons About Presidential Campaign Commercials

Monday, January 11, 2010

Editorial Cartoons - Behind the Scenes

Yesterday I posted a link to more than 100 lesson plans for teaching with editorial cartoons. This morning Kevin Hodgson (who I consider to be a guru of digital storytelling) posted a short video featuring various editorial cartoonists trying to create new drawings of Uncle Sam.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More than 100 Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plans

Cartoons for the Classroom is a service of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Cartoons in the Classroom offers more than one hundred lesson plans based on editorial cartoons created by the members of the AAEC. Each lesson plan is available as free pdf download. As you might expect, most of the lessons deal with current political and economic topics, but you will also find some lessons that are not time sensitive.

In addition to lesson plans Cartoons for the Classroom provides links to other cartoon resources. One of those resources is the Opper Project. The Opper Project provides lesson plans for teaching history through editorial cartoons.

Applications for Education
Editorial cartoons can make some of the most complex topics accessible to all learners. On the topic of accessibility, Cartoons for the Classroom is currently running a cartoon caption contest that is open to all US students. The contest asks students to develop a caption for a cartoon posted by Cartoons for the Classroom. The creator of the winning caption and his or her teacher will receive a copy of May it Amuse the Court, a collection of editorial cartoons about the Supreme Court and the Constitution.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Activities for Understanding Political Cartoons

Political cartoons are a great way for students to learn about current news events as well as the nuances of political satire. However, if students don't understand various elements that create a good political cartoon the lesson loses its meaning. It's No Laughing Matter is a learning activity developed by the Library of Congress designed to help students understand and analyze the elements of a political cartoon. It's No Laughing Matter provides students with an interactive guide to understanding, practice activities, a short glossary of terms, and brief histories of the featured cartoons. It's No Laughing Matter also offers a compilation of resources for teachers.

Applications for Education
It's No Laughing Matter could be a great resource for introducing political cartoons to a Social Studies class. The students can use the practice activities individually before moving on to exploring other political cartoons that you provide to them. If you're looking for more political cartoons to use in your classroom take a look at Cartoons for the Classroom.

Monday, October 13, 2008

100+ Lesson Plans Using Editorial Cartoons

Cartoons for the Classroom is a great resource that I discovered on Jeffrey Hill's blog. Cartoons for the Classroom is a service of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Cartoons in the Classroom offers more than one hundred lesson plans based on editorial cartoons created by the members of the AAEC. Each lesson plan is available as free pdf download. As you might expect most of the lessons deal with current political and economic topics, but you will also find some lessons that are not time sensitive.

In addition to lesson plans Cartoons for the Classroom provides links to other cartoon resources. One of those resources is the Opper Project. The Opper Project provides lesson plans for teaching history through editorial cartoons.

Applications for Education
Editorial cartoons can make some of the most complex topics accessible to all learners. For example the lesson about the world's current credit crisis, Tooning Into the Banking Crisis (click to download), is a lesson that I can use with my honors level students as well as with my students that struggle with basic English composition. The cartoon will be used in my honors class to discuss some of the deeper implications of the credit crisis. At the same time the cartoon will expose my struggling readers to an important current events story.