Educator Resources

Analyze a Cartoon

Sammy EagleDownload the illustrated PDF version. (PDF)


Meet the cartoon.


  • What do you see?
  • Is the cartoon black and white or color?
  • Is there a caption?
  • If so, what does the caption tell you?

Observe its parts.

  • Are there people, symbols, or objects in the cartoon? Circle all that apply.
    People Symbols Objects
  • What are the people doing in the cartoon?
  • What are the objects used for in the cartoon?
  • Write two words that describe the cartoon.

Try to make sense of it.

Answer as best you can; the caption, if available, may help.

  • What do the symbols stand for in the cartoon?
  • Who drew the cartoon?
  • When do you think this cartoon was drawn?
  • What is the main idea of the cartoon? List two parts (words or objects from the cartoon) that support the main idea.

Use it as historical evidence.

  • Where do you think you could find out more information about the people, symbols, or objects in the cartoon?

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