“I use Brand X! So should you!” “Don’t be left out! Everybody is going!” Introduce ninth graders to the power of propaganda with a look at two of the most powerful techniques—testimonials and the bandwagon technique. After examining definitions and models, class members craft their own examples of these two techniques. Consider paring the study of propaganda techniques with a reading of Animal Farm.

Resource Details

Instructional Design
Interactive Whiteboards
30 mins
Tuscon Unified School District

Propaganda Techniques

Sixth graders locate examples of persuasive writing. For this persuasive writing lesson students work in a groups to identify and analyze the use of propaganda techniques. Students use newspapers to find editorials, or advertisements, etc. Examples are labeled and displayed in class.

Sell It with Propaganda

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.

World War II and Propaganda Efforts

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

Propaganda: Online and Throughout Contemporary History

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."

The Mississippi Bubble: Keep it Alive with Propaganda

Middle schoolers define propaganda and investigate the different propaganda techniques. They use propaganda techniques when writing a letter or preparing a commercial.


This propaganda PowerPoint provides an overview of propaganda techniques used in advertising and provides information to the audience in order to make informed decisions. The propaganda techniques included are bandwagon, testimonial, snob appeal, plain folks, patriotism, evidence claims, glittering generalization, transfer, slogan, wit, rewards, name-calling, big lie, and scapegoat.


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. 

CongressLink Lesson Plan: Using Political Propaganda During Elections

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 lesson that includes multiple resource links, standards, and adaptations; overall a great lesson.

Recognizing Propaganda/Bias

Middle and high schoolers examine the uses of propaganda during the Nazi era. Using examples of propaganda used by Hitler, they discuss how it changed the thinking and ideas of people exposed to it. In groups, they identify how and why propaganda is used today.

Propaganda Techniques

Learners identify five propaganda techniques used in advertisements, then write their own ads using propaganda techniques that influence others to buy their products. They videotape their commercials, and write about recognizing propaganda.

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