Join, or Die was created by Benjamin Franklin and first appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. The purpose of the wood cut was to generate support for Franklin's Albany Plan of Union, a plan that would have created closer economic and defensive ties among the American colonies during the French and Indian War.
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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.
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