Political Cartoons

Look at these cartoons with your kids to expand their knowledge of political issues.
Nov 28, 2012

Ages

11-13

Political Cartoons

Nov 28, 2012

What you need:

  • Political cartoons (from newspapers and magazines) 
  • Spiral notebook 
  • Glue or tape 
  • Pen or pencil

What to do:

  1. Gather political cartoons from newspapers and magazines (hard copies or online versions). Remove some of the captions and ask him to make up his own caption. What does he think the cartoons are about?
     
  2. Choose favorite cartoons to put in the notebook. Underneath each cartoon, have your child describe the main idea of the cartoon, the issue it addresses, and the cartoonist's point of view. Do you think the cartoon does a good job of communicating the point of view? Do you agree or disagree with the point the cartoonist is trying to make? 
     
  3. Encourage him to look for more cartoons to add to his notebook. 
     
  4. As an extension, have him create his own political cartoon. This could be about a political, environmental, or other community issue, or it could even be about a situation in your own family, such as bedtime, meals, or rules!
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