Developing multiperspectivity through cartoon analysis

Teaching History article

By Ulrich Schnakenberg, published 9th August 2010

Strategies for analysing different views of three watersheds in modern German history

Studying cartoons can be an engaging experience for students but it can also present students with considerable difficulties. Cartoons are typically highly complex texts that are often very hard to interpret and students need to develop appropriate reading strategies to interpret cartoons effectively. In this article Ulrich Schnakenberg explores ways of scaffolding cartoon analysis and exemplifies cartoon analysis by interpreting cartoons relating to key watersheds in German history. Schnakenberg also shows how cartoon analysis can be used to explore multiple perspectives in history.

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