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Art can express acts of injustice and move society to action. Upper graders analyze contemporary art relating to specific moments in history. They discuss propaganda, anarchy, sociology, and violence as activism. After researching and discussing singular violent acts in the name of social justice, they create a piece that responds to current events.
How does word choice affect the reading of a text? Compare two headlines that were written about the same event. Is one biased? Discuss how word choice often reveals the author's feelings about a topic. Then look at different techniques used to create propaganda. Where do you see examples of each in the real world? The culminating activity is a news article written about an invented problem.
Propaganda is an important topic that most high school social studies teachers address. Here, students compare and contrast methods of public persuasion during WWII with those used in the contemporary War on Terror. Research, discussion, and critical thinking questions provide the foundation for learning. It includes a list of key terms and a link to Hitler's Mein Kampf; however, the Powerpoint referenced in the resource is not provided. There are no rubrics or assessments included. While the description indicates that this will take one class period, more time may allow for greater understanding.
High schoolers examine the types of propaganda used throughout World War II. In groups, they view examples of different posters and artwork used to identify the human emotions the government was trying to appeal through. They develop their own PowerPoint presentation to share their ideas with the class and create their own example of artwork propaganda on a current issue they feel passionately about.
When did political propaganda start? How many types of propaganda are there? Kids are asked to analyze the various types of elections and election propaganda that voters see each year at election time. They compose an essay describing each type of propaganda and commonly used propaganda techniques. This is a five-day instructional activity that includes multiple resource links, standards, and adaptations; overall a great instructional activity.
Engage your class in learning about propaganda by asking them to create propaganda! Using Frames software, class groups demonstrate their understanding of propaganda techniques by designing a new product, creating a commercial to sell their product, and then sharing their commercials with the whole class. Wrap by sharing the videos and discussing the techniques each group used. If video software is unavailable to you, consider that the product development, script, and story board make up the heart of the project.
Propaganda posters from the Cold War era offer class members an opportunity to employ the OPTIC strategy (overview, parts, topic, interrelationships, conclusions) to analyze 12 documents. Expert groups examine a visual, and then jigsaw and share their findings. After a final whole-class discussion, individuals draft a journal reflection on the question, "What causes of the Cold War can be found in American print media of the time period?"
High schoolers assess persuasive techniques in propaganda. They identify and critique rhetorical devices in primary source documents (sources are not specified, but links to sites that contain various documents are included). Groups make posters and deliver informal presentations detailing examples of persuasive connotation in their document.
Fifth graders investigate the basic persuasive techniques employed in advertising. They identify three examples of propaganda/persuasive techniques, complete an observation chart, take an advertising quiz, complete a spreadsheet that totals the number of magazine pages with and without ads, watch and discuss television ads, and create and perform an original commercial.
Students evaluate text and images in a series of WWI posters. In this WWI instructional activity, students complete a worksheet to analyze the primary source poster images and text. Students research news to select a current event or person to create an original propaganda poster using publication software. Students evaluate peer work with a rubric.
What was the true meaning behind WWII propaganda posters? Historians analyze images from the U.S., Great Britain, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union, sharing findings in small groups. A poster analysis worksheet and all posters are included as links. Essay prompts are included to synthesize learning and encourage critical thinking about multiple images. Group size can be adjusted, and a final sharing among groups may be helpful to give everyone the full range of images.
Present propaganda to your class with the posters and pamphlet provided here. Learners start out by creating their own advertisements and discuss as a class how they might add propaganda into their work. Next, small groups analyze posters about child nutrition and fill out an analysis worksheet. Conduct a class discussion on the pamphlet and then send your pupils off to complete one of the final assessment options detailed here. Class members can create their own posters or pamphlets!
Students investigate the different types of propaganda. In this media analysis lesson plan, students define and investigate the various types of media propaganda. Students observe how advertisements may not show how the item advertised may negatively affect people, animals, or the environment.
Students consider the implications of anti-Semitism. In this World War II lesson, students examine selected documents and images featuring the propaganda that promoted Jewish persecution. Students write essays that highlight how the Nazi Party used propaganda to promote their agenda.