Editorial Writing & Cartooning

Analyzing Political Cartoons
This 1-page teacher guide offers questions for students who are analyzing political cartoons. From the U. S. Library of Congress, requires Adobe Reader for access.

Captions: Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words
Students analyze a variety of political cartoons and examine their impact as a persuasive medium. This unit plan includes assessment.

Creating Cartoons: Art and Controversy
Introduction and samples of political cartoons from the U. S. Library of Congress.

A "defining moment" in editorial writing
Students will be introduced to the definition mode of writing. Students will learn to define a particular subject by responding in an editorial format. Students will first compose an editorial graphic organizer, which will aid in composing a completed editorial using the writing process. This lesson includes modifications for a Novice Low Limited English student.

Double Take Toons
This cartoon series from NPR offers a conservative and a liberal editorial cartoon on the same current event. Students can compare and contrast use of detail, point of view, and more.

Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock
Herbert Block published his first cartoon in 1929, starting a career that continued until 2001. This online exhibit features both rough sketches and finished cartoons with a variety of themes.

Herblock and Editorial Cartooning
Lesson plans and student handouts related to democracy, education in America, presidents, the environment, and civil rights.

It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons
Political cartoonist Bill Mauldin's career spanned more than 50 years. Here, students use his cartoons about World War II and the Civil Rights Movement to develop skills of analysis.

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists' Index
A lively site with links for editorial cartoons from around the world.

TIME Cartoons of the Week
Cartoons for the week, links to Quotes of the Week, Pictures of the Week, and Photo Essays.