Recommended for Ninth Grade to Twelfth Grade
In this activity, you will work with political cartoons. First, you will find out how to "read a political cartoon." Next, you will go to a political cartoon website to find a cartoon to reserach, analyze and write about. Finding an Alabama connection to the events or ideas in your cartoon will be your last task.
Go to a political cartoon website and choose a political cartoon to print out. You may need to use your textbook or online resources to gather information about the subject. You also might want to print out the Cartoon Analysis Guide.
Write a paper about your political cartoon. Be sure to use one or more of these words: symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, analogy, and irony.
Go to WWII: Alabama Remembers and look for an Alabama connection to the event or idea presented in your political cartoon. If you are able to find an Alabama connection, please give the person's name and a brief synopsis of his/her involvement in your paper.
BONUS: Who is Frank Spangler, Sr.?
Alabama Course of Study - SOCIAL STUDIES
14.) Describe causes and consequences of World War II
15.) Describe post-World War II realignment and reconstruction in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including the end of colonial empires
7.) Explain the entry by the United States into World War II and major military campaigns in the European and Pacific Theaters
Alabama Course of Study - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
2.) Compare the use of language and literary elements and devices, including rhythm, rhyme scheme, tone, and plot, in various selections, cultures, and genres
15.) Identify persuasive strategies in oral and visual presentations
2.) Identify and interpret literary elements and devices, including analogy, personification, and implied purpose
17.) Critique oral and visual presentations for fallacies in logic
4.) Analyze twentieth and twenty-first century American literary selections for plot structure, cultural significance, and use of propaganda
14.) Identify propaganda in nonprint media
1.) Compare organizational structure, figurative language, and literary devices, including use of paradox, among predominantly British short stories, drama, poetry, essays, and other nonfiction literature
Alabama Course of Study - TECHNOLOGY
16.) Evaluate the accuracy, appropriateness, and bias of electronic information
17.) Cite electronic sources properly
23.) Apply appropriate techniques for producing word processing documents
34.) Use appropriate on-line resources for research