This lesson is for students to examine propaganda posters from World War I. This lesson is best suited for secondary (6-12 grade) students. The lesson can be used for students who have studies propaganda, as well as an introduction to propaganda.
Class periods: 2-3
- Print student packets & poster analysis (1 per student)
- Print propaganda definitions (1 per pair/small group)
- Have computers for posters or print propaganda posters (1-2 sets, in color) & set up around the room (recommend laminating or placing in sheet protectors)
Follow the lesson outline below:
1. Do Now/Bell Ringer: Student read definitions of propaganda, and then create their own definition in their own words of what they think propaganda means.
2. Class Discussion: Share definitions. Where do we see propaganda today? Why is propaganda used?
3. Types of Propaganda: Working in pairs, students look at types of propaganda, define it, and give examples.
4. WWI Propagana Posters: Students will rotate through poster "stations" & fill in chart (encourage students to start with what they see). Chart is located in Poster Analysis pdf.
5. Poster Analysis: Student choose 1 poster to analyze thoroughly. Chart uses Bloom's Taxonomy to guide students through analysis.
6. Analysis: Think-Pair-Share - students write responce, talk with partner, share with class
7. Wrap Up Discussion: What are the pros and cons of propaganda? Why was is it heavily used during war time? What type of propaganda is most effective?
8. Extensions: Class Debate on best type of propaganda and/or have students design their own propaganda poster.