Intercourse of Impartial Dealings is a political cartoon created by "Peter Pencil" in 1809. It should be noted that Peter Pencil was a pseudonym. The cartoon serves as a criticism of Thomas Jefferson, who, as president, had reduced military spending to the point where the United States was unable to defend itself against the powers of Europe.
The download includes the following:
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 assignment associated with the cartoon can be readily converted to a digital activity using Google Slides.
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