Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Caricaturizing the B & B Commission
Provide several Canadian news magazines and newspaper editorial sections. Have students browse to find political cartoons and present them to the class. Identify the characteristics of a political cartoon and the issues presented. Ask: What makes political cartoons funny? How do they use humour and exaggeration to express meaning?
Outline the Opportunity
Give students time to browse the topic The Road to Bilingualism on the CBC Digital Archives website. Students should pay particular attention to the clips "A thousand and one opinions", "Mocking their French", and "Parlez-vous français?". Students will create a political cartoon to illustrate some issue or aspect of the Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. Remind them that a political cartoon should portray a clearly identifiable issue or character and should suggest satire or irony.
Revisit and Reflect
Compile the cartoons in book form
and distribute copies to the students. Students will then analyze their
classmates' cartoons using the following criteria:
What characters or groups are represented?
Where are the cartoons set?
What makes the cartoons funny?
Students can search newspaper archives to find actual political cartoons about the B & B Commission and analyze them using the criteria from Revisit and Reflect.