CLASSROOM EXAMPLE #1: The Political Cartoon Analysis
This assignment was designed to teach students basic research and citation skills. Using a political cartoon allowed students to think critically and analytically about political issues humorously drawn in newspaper editorials.
Political Cartoon Analysis
Your opinion matters, especially on political issues! Find a political cartoon in the editorial section of your local newspaper to analyze in comparison to your opinion. The assignment is worth a total of 10 points.
1. Source Citation (Turabian Style) - 2 points
Ramsey, Marshall. “This is a Big Day for Democracy,” The Clarion Ledger,
29 August 2007, sec. A, p. 2.
2. Analysis - 8 points
In a minimum of five sentences, answer the following questions:
1) Who is the comic’s artist?
2) What is the artist’s message in the cartoon?
3) Do you agree or disagree the artist?
4) Why do you agree or disagree with the artist?
* Regardless of my personal views, I do not grade your opinion. Instead, I grade
you on your ability to convey your opinion in a grammatically correct manner.
Factors considered in your grade calculation are grammar, spelling, a well-reasoned analysis, and compliance to the above directions.