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It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons

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Date Added to MERLOT: February 13, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 09, 2014
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Submitter : Christina Gardner


This is an interesting learning activity from the Library of Congress on the subject of political cartoons.  This would be appropriate for Social Studies, Humanities, Government , Journalism or History classes.  Student are taught how to analyze and decode cartoons and about persuasive techniques... More

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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Requires Flash plug-in
Language: English
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Avatar for Kimberly Phillips-Hoyle
37 weeks ago

Kimberly Phillips-Hoyle (Student)

The explainations about what techniques are used in political cartoons was well written and easy to understand.

However, on the "Test Yourself" section all 4 correct answers were analogy.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Drew Walldroff
1 year ago

Drew Walldroff (Student)

Great idea with great material and resources. Enjoyed looking through and it most certainly sparked ideas for the future.

Technical Remarks:

The interactive quiz was a great idea. However I thought it would be a little bit more interactive.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Donna Liljegren
1 year ago

Donna Liljegren (Administrator)

This is a great tool for helping students to think critically about the cartoons they are viewing on the editorial pages.  The explanations of the techniques are detailed and help students to understand how the technique is being employed.

Technical Remarks:

The site is not quite as intuitive as it could be.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Pamela Gibson
3 years ago

Pamela Gibson (Faculty)

What a wonderful method for demonstrating the depth of political cartoons and providing interactive learning. I've used political cartoons in class before but now have a tool to prove their greater complexity beyond making us smile.

Technical Remarks:

I did have a few 'trial and error' attempts before I understood how the quiz worked, but not enough to discourage or frustrate me.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Christina Greening
5 years ago

Christina Greening (Staff)

I like the interactive aspect of this activity. What a great way for students to learn about primary source political cartoons in an active and engaging way. This activity is a great way for students to learn about persuasion and bias depicted in political cartoons. Thank you for sharing!
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Avatar for Virgil Renfroe
6 years ago

Virgil Renfroe (Faculty)

I think this would be very useful for both the Critical Writing course I taught in the past and the Analytical Reasoning course I currently teach. Both courses include sections on visual literacy and this seems perfect in several ways.

Avatar for John Sutherlin
6 years ago

John Sutherlin (Faculty)

I often use political cartoons in class and this site is essential. Many of the cartoons are simply unavailable in any other format.
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