This week’s Smart Camp activity focuses on editorial cartoons. Students will deconstruct editorial cartoons in the Boston Herald and then practice writing their own. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.
Editorial Cartoons Activity
Editorial Cartoons are the perfect example of the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In an editorial cartoon, the artist shows his or her opinions through drawings. The cartoons are often humorous, bur they can show the subject in an unflattering light.
With your class, look at today’s editorial cartoon in the Boston Herald Smart Edition. Then discuss the following with your students:
- What is the artist trying to express in the cartoon?
- How does the artist portray the subject of the cartoon? Give examples to back up your answer.
- Do you think the cartoon was effective in expressing the artist’s opinion? Explain why or why not.
- How would the same idea differ if it was expressed in words, rather than pictures?
Next, have students search the Smart Edition for a story that interests them. Have students draw their own editorial cartoon to go along with the article, and then share it with the class.
Smart Tip—the editorial cartoons are located in the Editorials section. You can find the page number for Editorials by referring to the index on page two of online newspaper.
After you complete the activity, share your experience with other Smart Campers by leaving a comment on this blog post.