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Subject/Sub-Subject: Social Studies/World History


Title: cold war political cartoons


Understanding Goal

Gain understanding of the role of political cartoons in expressing both satire and the fears of the public during a particular period in history.

Investigative Question

With reference to their origin and purpose, assess the values and limitations of the cartoons in furthering your understanding of the contributing causes to the origins of the Cold War.

Grade(s): 12, 8
Audience: General
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Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
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cold war political cartoons

Understanding Goal

Gain understanding of the role of political cartoons in expressing both satire and the fears of the public during a particular period in history.

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Analysis of Student Learning


1. Students were able to evaluate whether or not the author's intent was easily understood by indicating placement of figures, size, relationship of figures and symbols to each other, pen strokes and shadowing techniques, dialogue or captions, and publication dates.


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Reflections and Recommendations


In retrospect, I selected too many cartoons. The students felt rushed to complete the assignment and that was reflected in the quality of their responses both written and verbal. Next time I shall use only 2-3 political cartoons.


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Authors and Contributors

Natalie Root
Washington-Lee High School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

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"It's the same thing without mechanical problems" Block, H. 1949. "It's the same thing without mechanical problems". Library of Congress: Exhibitions, Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium.