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Political Cartoons and
             Editorials




November 17, 2008
What is this cartoon about?
   How do you know?
What’s the point of using a
cartoon?
• Isn’t it easier to just write what
  you mean?
  – Can make complex ideas simpler
 ...
How have political cartoons
impacted life?

• Thomas Nast -->
  “father of the
  editorial cartoon”
  (late 1800’s-early
 ...
World War I Cartoons
World
War II
Cartoons
The Power
of Cartoons
Today
Common Symbolism
•   Uncle Sam = United States
•   Canada = Beaver
•   Russia = Bear
•   China = Dragon
•   Capitalist = “...
Let’s Practice…
What is an editorial?
• “An article in a publication giving the
  opinion of its editors on a given topic or
  current eve...
Good editorials…
• Are opinion based
• Are backed up with evidence
• Try to persuade the reader
• Try to understand the op...
Bad Editorials
• A Scientist’s Folly
• The Seating Chart Shuffle
RADIO!
Homework
• You will create, illustrate, and explain
  your own political cartoon

--OR--

• Write an editorial on the topi...
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  1. 1. Political Cartoons and Editorials November 17, 2008
  2. 2. What is this cartoon about? How do you know?
  3. 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. 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. 5. World War I Cartoons
  6. 6. World War II Cartoons
  7. 7. The Power of Cartoons Today
  8. 8. Common Symbolism • Uncle Sam = United States • Canada = Beaver • Russia = Bear • China = Dragon • Capitalist = “top hat” • Can you think of any more?
  9. 9. Let’s Practice…
  10. 10. What is an editorial? • “An article in a publication giving the opinion of its editors on a given topic or current event.”
  11. 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. 12. Bad Editorials • A Scientist’s Folly • The Seating Chart Shuffle
  13. 13. RADIO!
  14. 14. Homework • You will create, illustrate, and explain your own political cartoon --OR-- • Write an editorial on the topic of your choosing

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