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The Cartoons for the Classroom Caption Contest
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Cartoon Evaluation Worksheet
For use with these lessons or with cartoons from your newspaper

Are we producing a war sequel?

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Common Core State Standard
RL.CSS.2/4 Grades 6-12:
Students determine the meaning of political cartoons through the analysis of their literal, symbolic and figurative meanings of the elements the artist used and their effect. Students are asked to describe the overall effect of the cartoon, and how the artist’s choices combine to create that effect.

Finally, students determine the purpose of the cartoon and how it relates to current issues through discussion questions. A blank cartoon is provided to assist students in writing their own caption based on their understanding of the cartoons meaning

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06/22/15


Are we producing a war sequel?

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06/08/15


Washing away objections to aid

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05/25/15


The power of 'what we know now'

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05/11/15


How to tell a tale of Texas politics

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04/27/15


Illustrating the debate over drones

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04/13/15


Would no video mean no charges?

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03/30/15


Is race too touchy to talk about?

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03/16/15


Senators trying to nuke Iran talks?

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03/02/15


Giuliani finds little love for comments

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02/16/15


Jon Stewart: Fake news, real impact

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02/02/15


'Robin Hood' plan heroic or villainous?

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01/19/15


Will U.S. tourists soon flock to Cuba??

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01/05/15


What's the impact of falling fuel prices?

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12/08/14


Does news media focus on violence?

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11/24/14


What is the reality about immigration?

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11/10/14


Election results that can't be ignored

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10/27/14


Distant trouble becomes nearby 'crisis'

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10/13/14


Do we take voting for granted?

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09/29/14


What threatens the world most?

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09/15/14


How safe are our secrets from hackers?

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09/01/14


President criticized over vacation

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