Propaganda Posters of World War I: Analyzing the Methods Behind the Images

The power of a picture. During the events surrounding World War I, propaganda posters were widely distributed in American society to sway the emotions of its citizens. By analyzing World War I propaganda posters in the first installment of an eight-part series, young historians begin to see the implicit and explicit messages the government portrayed during this time. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show a propaganda video or cartoon at the beginning to gauge knowledge of what is actual propaganda
  • Use a television commercial or advertisement to introduce the idea of propaganda—or selling an idea to the public
Classroom Considerations

  • Laminate the WWII propaganda posters for reuse and handling at each station
  • Group size should be no more than three students
Pros

  • Contains printable worksheets 
  • The included PowerPoint presentation of WWI posters comes ready to use
  • Resource offers adaptations for English learners and special needs students
Cons

  • None