The Yellow Kid

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The Gilded Age was one of prosperity—but also poverty. Using cartoons from the era, individuals consider the social tensions of the era of The Yellow Kid and robber barons with primary source analysis and class discussion. Once finished, they create their own cartoons to demonstrate what they understand.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the cartoons to introduce the social and economic dynamics of the Gilded Age
  • Create cartoons commenting on other social themes in the same style as the primary sources
Classroom Considerations
  • Every student needs access to high-quality copies of the images
  • Lesson plan is ready to use in class with background information and discussion questions
  • Activities integrate a variety of learning preferences
  • Sources are a bit arcane and may be difficult for some learners to interpret
Common Core