# The Election of 1912

**Content Standard**: Grade 10, History 4-C

**Duration of Lesson**: 1-2 Class Periods

**Objectives**:

- Students will analyze the Presidential Election of 1912
- Students will examine the two party system and the role of third

parties in said system. - Students will identify the "hot button" issues in the 1912

presidential election - Students will evaluate the role of the media in the portrayal of

candidates in an election

**Summary**: Using political cartoons students will

become familiar with the candidates, issues, results, and interpretations of

the presidential election of 1912.

**Materials needed: **

- Printout of lesson plan
- Copies of cartoons on paper and/or transparency.
- Overhead projector
- Copies of Cartoon Analysis Worksheet

**Pre-Assessment: **

Identify the

following with their symbolic meaning:

- Donkey
- Elephant
- Moose

Identify the three main candidates

in the 1912 Presidential Election

**Instructional Steps:**

- Divide the students into three

topical groups. Assign each group one of the following topics: Stereotype,

Symbol, or Caricature. - Distribute copies of the

cartoons to each member of the topical group so all cartoons are in use for

each group. (example: Stereotype group will have all cartoons, as will Symbol,

etc.) - Distribute Cartoon Analysis

Worksheet to each student. - Students are to find examples

of their assigned topic using each of the cartoons present in their group and

fill in the appropriate space on the worksheet in Part I. (5-10 minutes) - Students are to then arrange

themselves in a group according to their individual cartoon, thus forming 6-8

new groups centered on one specific cartoon. - Students are to complete

Worksheet Part II using information from other members of their group.(5-10

minutes) - Individual groups will briefly

present analysis of their cartoon to the class (Note: an overhead copy of the

cartoon will expedite this process)

**Post-Assessment Activity:**

As a class, students will answer and discuss remaining

questions (Part III) on Cartoon Analysis Worksheet.

**Extension Activities: **

Have students:

- List examples of third party candidates in recent

presidential elections. - Give examples of how a third party candidate in a recent

election has affected the outcome. - Find an example of an editorial cartoon portraying a third

party candidate.