Lesson Plan

Decoding an Editorial Cartoon

What advantages do political cartoons have over written editorials? Scholars discuss the topic by exploring editorial cartoons. Working in small groups, pupils analyze an Uncle Sam cartoon and complete a worksheet. As a fun extension, they create their own political cartoons—educational and creative!

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce the concept of editorial cartoons by creating a web on the board and asking students to provide associated words and phrases
Classroom Considerations
  • Print the worksheets and handouts before the lesson
  • Requires finding and printing additional political cartoons
  • Includes clear, step-by-step instructions with helpful teacher information 
  • Contains engaging and higher-order analysis questions
  • None