Investigating political cartoons from 2003
Curriculum areas: Australian history, media, English, arts
Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Investigation, Communication and Participation.
Linked to the National Museum's 2003 political cartooning competition and the exhibition, Behind the Lines, this unit of work asks students to examine and analyse a number of political cartoons by learning how to 'read' cartoons.
The student activities for this unit include the following topics:
- What do cartoonists do?
- Representing an issue
- Representing leaders
- Representing political institutions: the Governor-General
- Representing foreign policy: the Australian-American alliance
- Representing a difficult case: the Bali bombing
- The target
- Making judgements about cartoons