Women, Propaganda, and War

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Governments rely on propaganda to build support for wars. Class members examine six propaganda posters, two each from the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II, and analyze how the way women were portrayed in the posters changed over the years. To demonstrate their learning, groups create a presentation for a curated exhibition in which they detail how the poster represents a turning point for women.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the lesson with the art department or invite a graphic designer to talk with the class about the conventions in color and designed used in propaganda posters
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computers with internet access for all groups
  • Considerable prep time is necessary to collect, tag, and copy required materials
  • The richly detailed lesson is carefully scaffolded to ensure all learners can be successful
  • Links are provided to all primary source materials required for the lesson
  • None