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Learning Exercise

Material: It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons
Submitted by: McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions on Nov 11, 2008
Date Last Modified: Nov 11, 2008
Title: It’s No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons
Description: This assignment analyzes political cartoons.
Type of Task: Individual
Time Required 30 Minutes
Topics: Public Opinion and Mass Media: The Press and Democracy: Friend or Foe?
Course: American Government
Audience: College General Ed
Learning Objectives: Examine the four roles of the media, and explain the importance of each to a democratic society.
Technical Notes: Author Robert Downs
Text of Learning Exercise: Analyze Political Cartoon using Objective and Subjective Chart: 1. Objective Observations: Describe what you see in the cartoon -- the forms and structures, the arrangement of the various elements. Avoid personal feelings or interpretations. Your description should help someone who has not seen the cartoon to visualize it. 2. Describe your personal feelings, associations and judgements about the cartoon. Always anchor your subjective response in something that is seen. For example, "I see...., and it makes me think of ....."
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