Cold War Political Cartoons Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What role did political cartoons play in the Cold War? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize the impact of political cartoons during the Cold War. An activity gives students a chance to show what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the purpose of political cartoons during the Cold War
  • define propaganda
  • analyze Cold War political cartoons

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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