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Cartoon & Co. ­– Interpreting Cartoons and Describing Pictures

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A2–B2<br />

Schreibtraining für den Englischunterricht<br />

CARTOON<br />

& <strong>Co</strong>.<br />

<strong>Interpreting</strong> <strong>Cartoon</strong>s<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>Describing</strong><br />

<strong>Pictures</strong><br />

?<br />

!<br />

Introduction<br />

Description<br />

Analysis<br />

Evaluation<br />

• Die Sprachzeitung •<br />

trainingsheft


Table of <strong>Co</strong>ntents<br />

<strong>Interpreting</strong> a<br />

1<br />

CARTOON<br />

Fact file for interpreting a cartoon ....... 5<br />

DIY!<br />

CARTOON 1<br />

Parenting <strong>and</strong> growing up ....... 6<br />

CARTOON 2<br />

Environment <strong>and</strong> climate change ....... 11<br />

CARTOON 3<br />

Technology <strong>and</strong> artificial intelligence ....... 14<br />

CARTOON 4<br />

School <strong>and</strong> social media ....... 16<br />

<strong>Describing</strong> a<br />

PICTURE<br />

Fullyguided<br />

Fullyguided<br />

Semiguided<br />

Semiguided<br />

Partiallyguided<br />

Partiallyguided<br />

DIY!<br />

Fact file for describing a picture ....... 19<br />

PICTURE 1<br />

Society <strong>and</strong> homelessness ....... 20<br />

PICTURE 2<br />

Transport <strong>and</strong> traffic ....... 25<br />

PICTURE 3<br />

Social networks <strong>and</strong> teenagers ....... 28<br />

PICTURE 4<br />

School shootings <strong>and</strong> gun control ....... 30<br />

KEY!<br />

ANSWER<br />

....... 32<br />

Appendix: Questions <strong>and</strong> language to help you<br />

interpret a cartoon <strong>and</strong> describe a picture ....... 39


CARTOON<br />

1<strong>Interpreting</strong> a


<strong>Interpreting</strong> a <strong>Cartoon</strong><br />

FACT FILE<br />

! A cartoon is a combination of text <strong>and</strong> drawing/illustration.<br />

<strong>Cartoon</strong>s often comment on people, institutions, developments<br />

in society, politics or a current news event.<br />

! The cartoonist wants the cartoon to be funny <strong>and</strong> critical.<br />

!<br />

<strong>Cartoon</strong>s usually contain:<br />

— illustrations /drawings (of people, buildings, objects, animals, etc.)<br />

— text (often in sound/speech/thought bubbles) <strong>and</strong>/or<br />

— a caption (text under the picture)<br />

On the following pages, you will learn how to interpret cartoons<br />

in four easy steps.<br />

Step 1 Introduction<br />

In this paragraph, you provide all the information you can about the<br />

publication of the cartoon <strong>and</strong> state the theme of the cartoon in one<br />

simple sentence.<br />

Step 2 Description<br />

In this paragraph, you describe what you see in the cartoon.<br />

zTIP<br />

The very first<br />

thing to do when you<br />

interpret a cartoon is take<br />

some time <strong>and</strong> just look<br />

at it carefully. Thoughts<br />

<strong>and</strong> impressions will arise<br />

spontaneously.<br />

This will help you be more<br />

precise in Step 2 <strong>and</strong> make<br />

Step 3 easier because you’ll<br />

form an opinion about<br />

what the message is.<br />

Step 3 Analysis<br />

In this paragraph, you explain the message that the cartoonist is trying<br />

to convey.<br />

Step 4 Evaluation<br />

In this paragraph, you express your personal opinion about the<br />

cartoon.<br />

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<strong>Interpreting</strong> a <strong>Cartoon</strong><br />

CARTOON 1<br />

Parenting <strong>and</strong> growing up<br />

Fullyguided<br />

shelves <br />

Regale<br />

slippers<br />

Hausschuhe<br />

surveillance camera<br />

Überwachungskamera<br />

First look at <strong>Cartoon</strong> 1 <strong>and</strong><br />

collect your thoughts. You can<br />

put some notes down on paper if<br />

you like. Then begin with Step 1.<br />

| www.cartoonstock.com, Peter Steiner, November 8, 2018<br />

Step 1 Introduction<br />

In this first step, you introduce the cartoon by providing information about its context:<br />

— Who drew the cartoon? (use the past tense)<br />

— When <strong>and</strong> where was it published? (use the past tense)<br />

— What is it about? (use the simple present)<br />

1. Fill in the missing information:<br />

Who?<br />

When?<br />

Where?<br />

What?<br />

Parenting.<br />

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<strong>Interpreting</strong> a <strong>Cartoon</strong><br />

2. <strong>Co</strong>mbine the information from exercise 1 with these useful phrases to form complete sentences.<br />

a) This cartoon was drawn by<br />

b) It was published on<br />

c) It appeared on<br />

d) The cartoon deals with<br />

November 8, 2018.<br />

Step 2 Description<br />

In the second step, you describe the cartoon:<br />

— Where does the scene take place? (use the simple present)<br />

— Who/What can you see? (use the simple present)<br />

— What do the characters/objects look like? (use the simple present)<br />

— What are the characters doing <strong>and</strong> saying? (use the present continuous)<br />

— Is there a caption? (use the simple present)<br />

— What does the caption say? (use either the simple present or the present continuous)<br />

zTIPS<br />

Try to<br />

figure out the<br />

message of the<br />

cartoon before you<br />

describe it. That<br />

way you’ll be sure<br />

to describe what’s<br />

important.<br />

3. The following phrases can help you to describe where things are in the cartoon.<br />

Put the correct German translations of a–i in the boxes below.<br />

a in the foreground A in der Mitte<br />

b at the bottom B im Hintergrund<br />

c in the background C über<br />

d in the bottom right-h<strong>and</strong> corner D unten<br />

e at the top E auf der linken Seite<br />

f on the left F oben<br />

g above G davor<br />

h in the middle H im Vordergrund<br />

i in front of I in der rechten unteren Ecke<br />

Some of these<br />

expressions can also<br />

be combined, e.g. at<br />

the bottom on the left<br />

or at the top on the<br />

right.<br />

a b c d e f g h i<br />

H<br />

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<strong>Interpreting</strong> a <strong>Cartoon</strong><br />

4. Put the correct descriptions in the spaces provided.<br />

a)<br />

b)<br />

on the wall above the bed<br />

c)<br />

d) e)<br />

f) in the foreground<br />

g)<br />

5. <strong>Co</strong>mplete the description sentences for <strong>Cartoon</strong> 1.<br />

The cartoon shows a child’s<br />

. In the middle is a child’s bed with<br />

a little lying in it. There is a baseball poster .<br />

In the background is a bookshelf filled with<br />

. A teddy bear <strong>and</strong> a book sit on top of a trunk<br />

in front of the bookshelves. A toy car, pens, a book, <strong>and</strong> bunny slippers are on the floor<br />

At the bottom is a caption. It is the little boy saying,<br />

. On the ceiling is a which is pointed at the child.<br />

.<br />

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