Current Events and Editorial Cartoons

  • CNN Student News - Timely topics with accompanying educator guides and lessons. Take the "Ten Questions & News Quiz.".
  • Comprehensive News Portal - Search for any news, anywhere; every major news publisher, very handy.
  • New York Times Learning Center - Excellent current events, lesson plans, resources.
  • The White House Web Site - This site is filled with current information on issues and topics in the news.
  • An Economic/Historical Analysis of Current Events- Access up-to-date research and commentary on the current financial picture and on perennial economic issues like energy, trade, immigration, and health care. This is a nice way to connect Economics with History. It is updated weekly.
  • Grades 9-12 Lesson Plans with Detroit Newspapers - Lesson plans are updated weekly and are linked to that week's newspaper. The teaching activities are multidisciplinary.
  • The PBS News Hour Extra- For Teachers - You'll find stories written for and by teens that make the issues in the news relevant to students and show the connections between events in far-away places and their own lives. Visit the new "Top Story" every Thursday. These can be printed out to introduce a topic and generate discussion. Students can also access them online and use the built-in teacher tools like vocabulary, maps and activities to absorb the topic at their own pace. There will also be a new weekly "Buzz" written by a teen.
  • The Newseum-The Interactive Museum of News - On this Web site, you can currently download lesson plans and request educational publications for classroom use. Please check back regularly for updated information on educational activities.
  • Think MTV - MTV's social awareness site offers video clips, celebrity commentary, and resources on topics such as discrimination, politics, education, health, the environment, and global issues.
  • Analyze World Trends - This website, powered by Trendalyzer, enables you to explore the changing world with your students. Moving graphics show how the development of all countries by the indicators you choose. These great graphics will be a guaranteed discussion starter!
  • U.S. & Foreign News Papers - Explore newspapers from different states and countries.
  • The White House Web Site - This site is filled with current information on issues and topics in the news.
  • U.S. News Paper Links - Are you looking for editorial opinion from a variety of locales? This site enables teachers to look up newspapers online around the country so students can catch the local sentiment about a variety of local, national, and international issues.  Just one note of caution: Because editorial cartoons tackle some controversial issues, screen materials before using.
  • Cartoon of the Week - This collection is updated every Thursday. It highlights editorial cartoons about world events. These FREE cartoons can be copied and used in classrooms.
  • Dirksen Congressional Center Editorial Cartoon Collection - The editorial cartoons and related lesson plans from The Dirksen Center will teach students to identify issues, analyze symbols, acknowledge the need for background knowledge, recognize stereotypes and caricatures, think critically, and appreciate the role of irony and humor.
  • Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium - This Library of Congress website chronicles the life and work of this preeminent editorial cartoonist of the twentieth century.
  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs: Caricatures & Cartoons - The Library of Congress has an enormous collection loaded with images and teacher resources on how to analyze political cartoons.
  • Association of American Editorial Cartoonists - Contains countless images that inform and comment on the major stories of the day. This website also has a helpful teacher section on "Cartoons in the Classroom" which contains lesson plans that accompany the image.
  • Cartoons in the Classroom with Detroit Newspapers - Downloadable lesson plans for the editorial cartoons in the Detroit Newspapers.
  • Baldy Editorial Cartoons: 1946-1982 - The Clifford H. Baldowski Collection at the Richard B. Russell Library contains 6,740 pen and ink drawings and 2,460 velox. The digital database opens with approximately 2,500 cartoons from the collection. Clifford H. Baldowski, known by the pen-name "Baldy," depicted the local, national, and international news of his day in the editorial pages of the Augusta Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Atlanta Constitution. His work is a rich source for those studying political reorganization in Georgia and the growth of Atlanta as well as the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, Middle East tensions, and Watergate.
  • Learning by Cartooning: A High School Project - This unique project was done by Donna Sharer at Northeast High School in Philadelphia in 2004. She developed this project with her History students by having the students do "cartooning" to learn to analyze issues, grasp various perspectives, and explore ways to taking sides on an issue. There are lesson plans for teachers and some wonderful links.
  • The Opper Project - The Opper Project, named after Ohioan Frederick Burr Opper, the first great American-born cartoonist, is an on-line collection of historic editorial cartoons. Covering more than one hundred years of American history, the cartoons are organized topically with associated lesson plans. The cartoons are from the collection of The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. Most are American, but you will also find the views of some international cartoonists on the America of their day. There are some famous cartoons here, but most of the images are not the ones typically reproduced in text books and instructional materials. All the cartoons are evocative and teachable, however. And to help you get started, they come with teacher-created lesson plans. The Opper Project is on-going, so look for the addition of more topics and more cartoons.
  • Political Ad's & How to Analyze Them
    Motion Picture Analysis Worksheet - This is the National Archives' gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students.
    Propaganda Techniques - Explores common techniques used to advance a position and also provides examples.
    Dissect an Ad - From PBS, this site is an exercise developed by the Center for media Literacy, which challenges visitors to critically analyze campaign commercials.