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Grade 12 - 3 - The Political Cartoons of Clifford Berryman

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.11-12.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/11-12/1
teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/4
teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.11-12.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/7

Grade 12 - 3 - The Political Cartoons of Clifford Berryman

In this lesson, students will further investigate the motto “Tax Without Representation” by analyzing political cartoons created by award winning cartoonist Clifford Berryman.

Students . . .

  • understand the purpose of a political cartoon and practice using a political cartoon analysis tool.
  • practice analyzing two cartoons.
  • use the analysis tool to independently analyze a third cartoon.

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 12.DC.22.6: Review the reasons why Washington, D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, and assess the prospects for current efforts to get congressional representation for the District.

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D2.Civ.3.9-12. Analyze the impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements on the maintenance of national and international order.
  • D2.Civ.4.9-12. Explain how the U.S. Constitution establishes a system of government that has powers, responsibilities, and limits that have changed over time and that are still contested.
  • D2.Civ.12.9-12. Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
  • D2.Civ.14.9-12. Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.