Propaganda in the Cold War

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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?"

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CCSS: Designed

  • Packet includes an AP DBQ scoring guide and sample essay
  • Interesting mix of print media



  • No attempt is made to connect the principles of the lesson to modern examples of visual propaganda
  • Poorly structured central question
  • More scaffolding needed to connect central question to activity
  • Beware the typos!