The Election of 1912
Content Standard: Grade 10, History 4-C
Duration of Lesson: 1-2 Class Periods
- 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
- 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.
- Printout of lesson plan
- Copies of cartoons on paper and/or transparency.
- Overhead projector
- Copies of Cartoon Analysis Worksheet
following with their symbolic meaning:
Identify the three main candidates
in the 1912 Presidential Election
- 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,
- 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
- 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.
- List examples of third party candidates in recent
- 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