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Teaching with the News Archive

This lesson was published in December 2009.

The United States in Afghanistan: Analyzing Political Cartoons


In this lesson, students will:


Handout: Political Cartoons in the Press

Scholars Online Videos from Michael Bhatia:

1. Who are the Taliban? [Michael Bhatia - 1:27]

2. Why are U.S. forces in Afghanistan? [Michael Bhatia - 1:04]

Additional Online Resources

Choices Teaching with the News Lesson: U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

BBC Timeline: Afghanistan
Timeline from 1919 to present

Council on Foreign Relations: U.S. War in Afghanistan
An interactive timeline (from 1999 to present)

Al Jazeera: Afghanistan Elections 2009

PBS Online NewsHour: Afghanistan and the War on Terror

In the Classroom

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Encourage your students to express their views.

Contact Elected Officials
Students could write letters to elected officials. They can find contact information for the White House at and their U.S. senators and representatives at

Write Locally
Students could write letters to the editor of a local paper or write articles for the school or community newspaper.

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