Interpreting a Political Cartoon
Like all skills, interpreting a political cartoon is a skill that students need help to develop. There are several steps to determine the meaning of a political cartoon. A political cartoon is a visualization that expresses opinions. Cartoons use symbols and caricatures (an exaggeration of a person or object) to portray opinions, express concerns, draw attention to problems, and describe relationships about people and events. Modern cartoons do the same as those from the past. They are an opportunity for the cartoonist to exaggerate objects and people to call attention to a particular point of view.
When viewing a political cartoon there are several steps to determine exactly what the cartoonist is trying to say.
Political Cartoon Sites
NOTE: The sites listed below offer current cartoons. The cartoons change daily. You must check before using a site with students to determine if the current content is appropriate. You cannot count on these sites and cartoons remaining static. The sites change daily but they do maintain an archive of past work.
|This page was updated on: 04/10/02|