Propaganda Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
Students define propaganda and list the various propaganda techniques used to influence people. They identify propaganda methods used by the American Government to encourage Americans to support the war effort
Ninth graders study different types of propaganda and select an issue that is significant to them. For this exploratory lesson students design and create posters on the topic of their choice and write a narrative describing it.
After thoroughly examining the purposes and techniques of propaganda, your class will create and curate a Propaganda Museum to display and deconstruct original works of propaganda. Materials include propaganda techniques vocabulary, a brief multiple choice quiz, slides of examples of propaganda from the 20th century and today. A powerful piece in equipping your pupils to navigate a world of non-stop "information."
Beginning with an introduction to the purpose of the Committee on Public Information in the United States in World War I, this handout will help you launch a wartime propaganda poster project in your class. It includes directions on what materials to use for the project, possible propaganda topics and guiding questions, and a mini report assignment asking learners to analyze what their poster is about.
These three worksheets will help get your World War I propaganda poster project well on its way! It offers sample images of various types of propaganda topics, such as buying victory bonds or joining military forces. It then provides a framework for preparing the poster with guiding questions and room for sketching, and finally prompts learners to include an analysis of their own poster!
Young scholars identify the similarities and differences between propaganda and advertising. They analyze different forms of media and how they affect audiences. They discover the need to be more careful in their word choices.
Students discover how racial tension led to Japanese Internment. In this World War II lesson plan, students analyze political cartoons and posters related to the movement of Japanese-Americans to internment camps in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attacks. Students create propaganda posters and write essays analyzing the propaganda they examine.
New! Propaganda Posters
Don't be put off by the fact that the World War I propaganda posters in this packet are Canadian and some of them are even in French. All the better, in fact, to see the techniques. The richly detailed plan has instructors model analyzing basic propaganda techniques in a poster and then guiding learners through the process before individuals design their own World War I poster. US World War I posters are available from the World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.
Students examine examples of war propaganda. In this historical literature lesson, students research the elements of propaganda in relation to various wars of the past. They discuss different types of propaganda, and the potential effects of each. Students work in groups to create examples of war propaganda posters.
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, 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 employ primary resources to investigate the rise and decline of a canteen in World War II. The significance of volunteerism and the use of the railroad for troop transportation are examined.
Tenth graders view examples of WWI propaganda posters and then create examples of their own. They strive to make their posters look as authentic as possible and compile them into a class presentation using PowerPoint.
Students learn about propaganda. In this WWI lesson, students define the term propaganda. Working in groups, they are given a packet of postcards and posters used during WWI. They answer questions about their uses and write a summary on the effects of propaganda.
Students gain an understanding of the Holocaust through analysis of political cartoons. In this Holocaust lesson plan, students examine propaganda in political cartoons that were used in Nazi Germany.
Tenth graders examine the role that propaganda played in the increasing and sustaining the war effort. They also create authentic propaganda of their own.
Ninth graders investigate the various types of propaganda. They select issues of significance to them and use the techniques of propaganda to design and create posters depicting the chosen topics. Students may use word processing, drawing and painting programs.
Eleventh graders explore the various uses of perception, propaganda, and perspective. In this Social Studies lesson, 11th graders distinguish between fact and fiction. Students analyze the impact of conflict on society.
In this World War I learning exercise, students respond to 15 fill in the blank questions about types of propaganda and the types that were used during the war.