League of Nations
Ohio Content Standard: Grade 9, History 7-C,
D; Grade 10, History 6-C, D
Duration of Lesson: 1-2 Class Periods
- Students will understand the intended purpose of the League of Nations.
- Students will examine the reasons for support of, and opposition
to US participation in the League of Nations.
Summary: Using political cartoons students will
become familiar with the purpose of, and controversy surrounding the League of Nations.
- Printout of lesson plan
- Copies of cartoons on paper and/or transparency
- Overhead projector
- Copies of Cartoon Analysis Worksheet
Pre-Assessment: List and discuss the causes of
World War One.
- Divide the students into three topical groups.
Assign each group one of the following topics: Stereotype, Symbol, or
- 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
- Distribute Cartoon Analysis Worksheet to
- 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)
As a class, students will answer and discuss remaining
questions (Part III) on Cartoon Analysis Worksheet.
- Students write an essay discussing the following topic:
Would the US be better off leaving the United Nations today? Compare this to the role of the US in the League of Nations after World War One.
- Students create their own political cartoons portraying the role
of the United States in the United Nations, using one or more of the following:
Symbols, Caricatures, and/or Stereotypes.