Political cartoons are an excellent way of keeping students engaged and promoting critical thinking. This series of 21 political cartoons addresses topics in American history between the Revolution and the Progressive Era:
- Join, or Die
- The Repeal, or the Funeral of Miss-Ame Stamp
- Cinques-Tetes, or the Paris Monster
- Congressional Pugilists
- Intercourse or Impartial Dealings
- Ograbme, or the American Snapping Turtle
- The Plumb-Pudding in Danger
- The Monroe Doctrine
- Welcome to All
- Uncle Sam's Lodging House
- The Age of Iron
- In Memoriam -- our civil service as it was
- The Downfall of Mother Bank
- King Andrew I
- Southern Chivalry __ Argument versus Clubs
- Mistress Columbia
- The Copperhead Party
- Move On!
- The Bosses of the Senate
- Who Stole the People's Money?
- School Begins
Each political cartoon includes:
1. A PowerPoint - complete with discussion notes for each slide - that teachers can use to lead students through the cartoon.
2. An introductory paragraph that describes the circumstances behind the cartoon.
3. A full-size picture of the cartoon, allowing students to label as instructed.
4. A graphic organizer that assists students in identifying different parts of the cartoon, analyzing symbols, and determining the meaning of the cartoon.
5. A series of questions based on the political cartoon.
6. An answer key.
For those seeking distance learning options, the assignments associated with the political cartoons can easily be converted to a digital activity using Google Slides.
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