Political Cartoons

Politcal cartoons can be utilized in a classroom to show different points of view.  It is important that the students understand how to analyze a cartoon before presenting them with these images. They also need to have background knowledge of the subject in order to comprehend the symbolism and irony in cartoons.


Source: http://newsday.today.com/2009/01/31/new-strategy-for-the-war-on-terror/

Q1 - What is taking place in each picture?

Q2 - What are similarities between terrorist acts and military acts? What are some differences?

Q3 - What point is the cartoon trying to make?


Source: http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/critiques/Distorted_Imagery.asp

Q1 - What are the Angels watching take place?

Q2 - What does the cartoon suggest is the result of both sides not giving into terror?

Q3 - Why might using violence to stop terrorism not actually work?


Source: http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/critiques/Distorted_Imagery.asp

Q1 - Who is being represented in this cartoon?

Q2 - What situation is being depicted? How might this portrayal biased?

Q3 - How might you resolve the conflict between the two characters?


Source: http://media.photobucket.com/image/bin%20laden%20cartoon/dhonig2/SixYears800.jpg

Q1 - What are some events presented in this cartoon?

Q2 - What is left out of the cartoon?

Q3 - How does ignoring the human aspect of terrorist attacks effect how the terrorist attacks are perceived?