Cartoon Network – Understanding Hate

Artist: Daryl Cagle. Reprinted with Permission.

Dialogue in editorial cartoons often uses the kind of language that the people would actually use. For example, if the subjects being portrayed are children, the dialogue might include slang. If the characters have accents, the text might reflect that. Dialogue is one way to capture a person’s true voice—as well as his or her strong feelings and point of view.

Create a cartoon that points out the dangers of hating an entire group of people. Tell students to use carefully crafted dialogue to convey a powerful message. Ask the groups to discuss their cartoons with the class. Have students submit their cartoons to a school or community newspaper/website.