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Title: Political Cartoons in Utah History and Current Events


1
Political Cartoons in Utah History and Current
Events
  • The Utah War

2
Bell Activity
This is still a no gum class. Please dispose of
it properly!
  • Your word is civilian
  • Find the word on your grey study guide and
    complete the following information for the word.
  • Find the definition using a glossary.
  • Use your own knowledge and experience to complete
    the rest of the definition.
  • Where should your backpack be?

3
Does your work look something like this?
Word civilian Word civilian My Understanding 4 3 2 1
Definition Definition Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Sentence Sentence Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
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Synonym/Example Antonym/Non-Example Draw a picture of it
4
Does your work look something like this?
Word civilian Word civilian My Understanding 4 3 2 1
Definition a person who is not part of Definition a person who is not part of Draw a picture of it
the military the military Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Sentence Civilians are often casualties Sentence Civilians are often casualties Draw a picture of it
of war. of war. Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Synonym/Example non-combatant Antonym/Non-Example soldier Draw a picture of it
5
Today we will learn about Political/Editorial
Cartoons
  • History Objective We will interpret current
    and historic political cartoons to learn about
    the temperament of the period in question.
  • Behavior Objective We will collaboratewith our
    groups to understand our cartoon.
  • Language Objective
  • We will analyze a cartoon with our groups and
    write our own summary and response to a political
    cartoon.

6
The Importance of Political Cartoons to History
  • Political Cartoons playan important part
    intelling the history of a given period of
    time.
  • They help us understand the events, people,
    prejudices, attitudes, culture, concerns,
    fears, and so on of a particular time period.

7
A Brief History of Political Cartoons
  • People have been expressing opinions with
    pictures for a long time.
  • This ancient Egyptian picture shows a noble as a
    mouse and her servants/advisors as cats.

8
Political Cartoons in America
  • This picture was created by Benjamin Franklin
    when the British and the French were preparing
    for the French Indian War.
  • It later became a popular symbol for the
    American Revolution.

9
The Influence of Political Cartoonists
  • Some of the artists who have created cartoons in
    the past still influence the present.
  • Thomas Nast popularized the use of the elephant
    and donkey for the Republican and Democratic
    Parties.
  • Even our modern image of Santa Claus was
    influenced by Thomas Nast.

10
How Do Political Cartoons Work?
  • Political cartoons try to communicate powerful
    ideas.
  • They often use humor to make a point.
  • They incorporate events of the period in an easy
    to understand format that most people can
    relate to even if they dont read
    well.

11
How do Political Cartoons convey information?
  • Symbols, caricature, drawings and exaggerations
    used by the cartoonist point out themes and
    problems of any given time period.

12
Lets try to analyze the meaning of a current
political cartoon.
13
Historic Political Cartoons
  • Understanding historicpolitical cartoons is
    more difficult, but provide insights into the
    temperament of the time.
  • If you dont get the symbols that are being
    used, a little research will help.

14
Steps to analyzing a political cartoon, past or
present.
  • Identify the characters, symbols and objects in
    the cartoon.
  • Look for clues, cues, and details that will give
    further meaning.
  • Identify the main idea of the cartoon by reading
    the captions and putting the message into your
    own words.
  • Identify any bias the cartoonist might have.

15
Terms to Know
  • Symbolism - an object used for or representing
    something else
  • Caricature - a picture ludicrously exaggerating
    the features of persons or things
  • Captioning and labels - a title or explanation
    for a picture or illustration, especially in a
    magazine
  • Analogy - a similarity between like features of
    two things, on which a comparison may be based
  • Irony - the use of words to convey a meaning that
    is the opposite of its literal meaning
  • Juxtaposition - an act or instance of placing
    close together or side by side, especially for
    comparison or contrast
  • Exaggeration - the act of exaggerating or
    overstating

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Lets look at some cartoons from Utah history.
  • Open your books to page 151 and look at the
    cartoon on the page.
  • Lets go though the steps to analyze this cartoon.

19
Bell Activity
This is still a no gum class. Please dispose of
it properly!
  • Your word is contempt
  • Find the word on your grey study guide and
    complete the following information for the word.
  • Find the definition using a glossary.
  • Use your own knowledge and experience to complete
    the rest of the definition.
  • Where should your backpack be?

20
Does your work look something like this?
Word civilian Word civilian My Understanding 4 3 2 1
Definition Definition Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Sentence Sentence Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Draw a picture of it
Synonym/Example Antonym/Non-Example Draw a picture of it
21
Utah The Struggle for Statehood Utah The Struggle for Statehood
Reformation What did Brigham Young call for the Mormons to do? How did this look to outsiders? To War Why did Pres. Buchanan send troops to Utah?
In the Meadows Describe the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and what happened after it. Cold War Peace How did the attitude of the soldiers change about the Utah War, and how did the Utah Militia harass them?
22
Current Events
  • On the test, you will analyze a political cartoon
    from the era of the Utah War.
  • We are also going to do a current event
    assignment in which you will choose a modern
    political cartoon.
  • First summarize what the cartoon depicts,
    explaining the people, symbols, and so on.
  • Then respond and give your opinion of the
    cartoon, its message, the bias of the author, and
    so on.
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