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Political Cartooning


Date: Tue Sep 14 2004 - 18:29:31 PDT

In a message dated 09/14/2004 8:38:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Has anyone presented a
successful lesson to their students on politictal cartoons?
I have just begun political cartooning with my 5th grades. I collected a
variety of materials- examples of political cartoons, vocabulary words, and
information on the stands on issues that both candidates have. We discussed the
differences of a comic strip cartoon and a political cartoon- how a political
cartoon makes a point using symbols and caricature. Next, I gave them
photocopies of Kerry and Bush and we brainstormed ways to exaggerate features. I had
them trace the photos then erase parts of the face and exaggerate them. I
plan to have them develop this into a cartoon with a political view over the next
few weeks.

This is not a small feat for 5th grade, but so far my approach has been
successful. I usually have an adversion to tracing, but tracing the photos gave
them a base and starting point. The exaggerations are (predictable) yet
effective. No small feat for me, as well, is to remain (pretty much) neutral
about both Bush and Kerry. I'm dying to say, "Who thinks they can make Bush's
beady eyes even more beady?" But, I'm refraining. The kids described them as
small and I want to say "Sightless", I'm remaining professional so I don't
suggest "brainless" to describe his head. And, I keep reminding myself that I'm
not teaching political science on the college level but political cartooning on
the 5th grade level.
Susan on Long Island