More Than Words Can Say: Analyzing Visual Materials as Primary Sources

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The propaganda of World War II was a key factor in galvanizing the home front. Class members examine images—without their text—to consider their messages, including those around race and gender. Using pictures and discussion questions, scholars delve deeper into attitudes at home during the war.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Jigsaw the class using different images and the worksheet to analyze World War II propaganda 
  • Use discussion questions to extend the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is part of "The Home Front" series from the National WWII Museum
Pros

  • Questions about primary source images without text develop critical thinking skills
  • Images offer an engaging way for learners to consider the impact of propaganda
Cons

  • Images referenced in the lesson plan are supposed to be on the museum's website, but users cannot find them with the search engine