Political Cartoons

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  • 1. Political Cartoons and Editorials November 17, 2008
  • 2. What is this cartoon about? How do you know?
  • 3. What’s the point of using a cartoon? • Isn’t it easier to just write what you mean? – Can make complex ideas simpler – Can “get the point” quicker – Inform the electorate – Symbolism
  • 4. How have political cartoons impacted life? • Thomas Nast --> “father of the editorial cartoon” (late 1800’s-early 1900’s) • Benjamin Franklin’s “Join or Die” (1745)
  • 5. World War I Cartoons
  • 6. World War II Cartoons
  • 7. The Power of Cartoons Today
  • 8. Common Symbolism • Uncle Sam = United States • Canada = Beaver • Russia = Bear • China = Dragon • Capitalist = “top hat” • Can you think of any more?
  • 9. Let’s Practice…
  • 10. What is an editorial? • “An article in a publication giving the opinion of its editors on a given topic or current event.”
  • 11. Good editorials… • Are opinion based • Are backed up with evidence • Try to persuade the reader • Try to understand the opposing viewpoint • Are usually about a social problem • Are emotional-- without being over the top.
  • 12. Bad Editorials • A Scientist’s Folly • The Seating Chart Shuffle
  • 13. RADIO!
  • 14. Homework • You will create, illustrate, and explain your own political cartoon --OR-- • Write an editorial on the topic of your choosing