ERIC Number: ED406309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Understanding and Creating Editorial Cartoons. A Resource Guide: Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Studies Skills.
This resource guide contains lessons, suggested activities, and 54 individual student activity sheets for using editorial cartoons in the classroom. Editorial cartoons, at their best, are well-thought out arguments about important issues in the news. They are meant to provoke thought, not merely assert a position and, as such, they engage the reader actively in a debate. Editorial cartoons make use of many of the ideas and concepts of the social studies curriculum. Any good editorial cartoon is made up of a complex code of symbols, shadings, caricature, line, and other elements that require skill at deciphering. Words play a part, but only in relation to the visual elements. The materials in this resource guide aim at instructing students to "read" the language that editorial cartoons use. The lessons are organized in nine sections: (1) "Understanding the Cartoon's Main Idea"; (2) "Analogy and Symbol--Illustrating the Intangible"; (3) "Humor and Irony"; (4) "Exaggeration and Understatement"; (5) "Caricature and Stereotype"; (6) "Captions and Other Words"; (7) "Drawing and Design"; (8) "Literary and Historical References"; and (9) "History and the Editorial Cartoon." Each section includes a statement of an instructional object; a brief essay on the nature and importance of a single aspect of editorial cartooning; six lesson activities arranged in a sequence of increasing difficulty. Sample editorial cartoons are included. (MM)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Criticism, Art Education, Cartoons, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Critical Viewing, Current Events, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies, Units of Study
Knowledge Unlimited, Inc., P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701 ($36.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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