“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.

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Instructional Design
Interactive Whiteboards
30 mins

Propaganda Project

Put the advertising in the hands of your pupils. They design and promote a product, using propaganda techniques to persuade those who view their newspaper ad. Learners must include certain information about their product as well as a color illustration of their product. Response questions are listed on the second page of the resource, as is a rubric. 

Art and Propaganda

Learners 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.

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."


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. 

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.

One With Nature: Lesson 13 Is Number 13 Of 16 In Unit Plan

Students examine propaganda techniques. In this language arts lesson, students complete an activity on prefixes and suffixes. Then, they begin an examination of propaganda techniques. Students will choose a technique and develop an advertisement around their topic of nature that employs that technique.

Propaganda Techniques

Students 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.

Are We under the Influence? A First Look

Students explore propaganda techniques. In this media awareness lesson, students watch instructor-selected commercial clips and identify the propaganda techniques used in each of them using the provided propaganda handouts.

What Is the Influence?

Students investigate propaganda techniques. In this media awareness lesson, students watch instructor-selected commercial clips and use the provided propaganda handouts to identify the propaganda techniques used in each of them.

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