• What is a political cartoon?
– Normally a caricature of a well known
person, place, or idea that is distorted or
exaggerated to convey humor and/or a
Good Political Cartoons
• The Requirements for a Good Political Cartoon are:
– Wit and humor by exaggeration
• The cartoon sends a message about the
– The cartoon must have a foundation in truth
• Characters should be recognizable to the
– The cartoon should provide opportunities to inform
the viewer about an issue and allow for critical
Tools of the Cartoonist
– Using simple objects to stand for larger concepts or ideas.
– To overdo, or exaggerate, the physical characteristics of people
or things in order to make a point.
– Labeling objects or people to make it clear exactly what they
– Comparing two unlike things that share some characteristics.
– It is the difference between the ways things are and the way
things should be, or the way things are expected to be.
Create Your Own Chapter 4 Cartoon
• Choose From One of the Topics Below:
– Declaration of Independence
– European Influences on American
– French and Indian War
– Revolutionary War
– Articles of Confederation