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Learning Exercise: Political Cartoon or Propaganda?

Political Cartoon or Propaganda?
Students will analyze political cartoons to discuss propaganda messages.
Course: Middle school social studies


Submitted by:
Christina Greening
Date Last Modified:
June 09, 2008


As a supplemental learning activity to this learning object, student can work in small groups or individually to select a political cartoon from the time period in which they are studying to analyze and assess what form of propaganda it encouraged. For example, students studying World War II can select from Dr. Seuss' many WWII era political cartoons. After selecting one, they can write a short response to the following questions: 1. What event is this political cartoon depicting or concerned with? 2. How would you feel if you saw this political cartoon in the newspaper on the date it was published? 3. Whom is this political cartoon criticizing or spreading propaganda about? Please explain your answer fully! This is a great activity to start conversation amongst students while looking at many history rich primary sources.



  • High School
  • Middle School


Political cartoons propaganda bias World War II Dr. Seuss


Students can locate interesting political cartoons through a search engine or teacher can have materials pre-printed and ready to go.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to deconstruct and analyze political cartoons for the messages and concepts that they express.

Type of Task

  • Group
  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity


Students can present their findings to the class or write a brief essay response to the questions.