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Evaluating Wartime Posters: Were They Good Propaganda?

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"Back Him Up!" Scholars will analyze how World War I posters displayed, on the home front, often attempted to stir up emotions. As they examine the different ways people used propaganda posters during the war, they will create their own versions of propaganda to present to the class. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Print out copies of all of the propaganda posters and hang them in the room prior to the lesson
  • Incorporate an extension lesson on what an archive is and how it is involved in historical research
Classroom Considerations
  • Laminate copies of the propaganda posters to pass around and keep for future use
  • Limit group sizes to three to analyze a propaganda poster
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  • Includes printable posters, lesson plans, worksheets, and materials 
  • Use of materials is an excellent way to introduce the class to what is located in an actual historical archive
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