Cartoons and Pop Culture Inquiry Question: How do cartoons depict and influence popular culture through time?



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Cartoons and Pop Culture

Inquiry Question: How do cartoons depict and influence popular culture through time?




Your Mission is to use this timeline of the selected cartoons ‘Looney Toons’, ‘Scooby Doo’ and ‘The Simpsons’ to explore how cartoons depict and influence pop culture through time (1945-now.)
Spend some time exploring the virtual timeline before continuing onto the activities provided in the booklet. Activities are based on the concepts and sources provided in the timeline. All activities are to be posted to your personal reflective blog/workbook, which will be created in the first lesson. This blog will remain private to your teacher and you unless specific written permission is obtained.
Happy Exploring!
http://www.dipity.com/sennyjim/Cartoons/

This timeline was created by SANIJA HRNCIC during April 2014. It is declared to be an original creation to be used as an educational resource as required.



Contents

  1. History of cartoons Page 3

  2. Cross episode comparison: Looney Toons in focus Page 4

  3. Commodification of culture Page 5

  4. Cartoons and culture: words matter Page 6

  5. Cartoons and high culture: art and music Page 7

  6. Popular culture and fashion Page 8-9

  7. T.V. guide Page 10

  8. Episode review Page 11

  9. Create an Infographic Page 12

  10. The Simpsons Commodity: ‘The Simpsons’ Total Franchise Revenue Page 13

  11. Episode ratings comparisons Page 14

  12. Bar graph activity Page 15

  13. Class survey Page 16-17

  14. Build your own cartoon character Page 18

  15. Background of cartoon character Page 19

  16. Build your own cartoon character Page 20

  17. Just for fun Page 21

  18. Extension Page 22


Syllabus Guide

Outcomes
Through the investigation of the inquiry question ‘How do cartoons depict and influence popular culture through time?’, students are able to:

  • explains and assesses the historical forces and factors that shaped the modern world and Australia (HT5-1)

  • Explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia (HT5-3) 9

  • identifies and evaluates the usefulness of sources in the historical inquiry process (HT5-5)

  • Apply a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past (HT5-9)

  • Apply a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past (HT5-9)


With cartoons as an illustrative case study, students investigate in depth ONE major global influence (5a. Popular culture) that has shaped Australian society
Site study: Virtual historical site

  • Virtual timeline

  • Virtual museum tour (Simpsons Museum)

Students:

  • - Discuss how overseas influences have affected ONE aspect of Australian popular culture(ACDSEH122)

  • Describe how advances in communication technology changed at least ONE of the following during the post-war period in Australia: music, film or television (ACDSEH122)

  • - Outline and assess the impact of Americanisation and global events on Australian society over time (ACDSEH149

History of cartoons1

A cartoon is a film that uses animation techniques to photograph a series of drawings rather than objects or real people. A ‘cartoon animation’ refers to the rapid depiction of sequential images in frames that change incrementally to create motion2. They are created to entertain their intended audience while simultaneously capturing the mores, values and foibles of society as depicted through their characters, plot, themes and production. Cartoons are a valuable source of historical information as they both depict and influence society and popular culture over time. The cartoons in focus, the ‘Looney Toons’, ‘Scooby Doo’ and ‘The Simpsons’ are examples of cartoons originating in America that have had a deep and long lasting impact on Australian popular culture.




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