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Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? Analyzing World War II Posters
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
- Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda?
- Document Analysis for Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda
- Poster Analysis Rubric
- Analyzing a Visual Message
- Analyzing a World War II Poster
- Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)
- Powers of Persuasion
- World War II Poster Collection, from Northwestern University
- World War II Posters, North Texas University
- The Art of War, from the National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom
- Selling War, from PBS’ NOW with Bill Moyers
- Make appropriate copies of Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda?, Document Analysis for Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda, and Poster Analysis Rubric.
- Explore the background information on the Uncle Sam recruiting poster, so that you are prepared to share relevant historical details about the poster with students.
- If desired, explore the online poster collections and choose a specific poster or posters for students to analyze. If you choose to limit the options, post the choices on the board or on white paper for students to refer to in Session Two.
- Decide what final product students will submit for this lesson. Students can submit their analysis printout from the Analyzing a World War II Poster interactive, or they can write essays that explain their analysis. If students write essays, the printouts from the interactive serve as prewriting and preparation for the longer, more formal piece.
- Test the Analyzing a Visual Message interactive and the Analyzing a World War II Poster interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.