Students analyze editorial cartoons from the past and present to explore the role of illustrated commentary in politics and society over time.
This cartoon was published on the front page of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Feb. 10, 1877.Newseum Collection
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school
TIME: 30–60 minutes
MATERIALS: Decoding an Editorial Cartoon worksheet (download), Persuasion Techniques handout (download), Uncle Sam cartoon (download), additional political cartoons about recent elections, Create Your Own Editorial Cartoon worksheet (download, optional)
- Print copies of the Decoding an Editorial Cartoon worksheet and Persuasion Techniques handout, one per student.
- Project the Uncle Sam cartoon on the board or print copies for students.
- Select and print political cartoons for your students. Sources may include: