Persuasion, or Propaganda? Analyzing World War II Posters
This lesson plan uses WWII propaganda to teach analysis of visuals, arguments, and use of propaganda. It includes links to propaganda, interactive activities, and rubrics for analysis. Students present their findings in an analytical essay. This lesson (split into three smaller chunks) can be used to teach propaganda analysis, but can also be used in a unit teaching novels or nonfiction books concerning WWII. This lesson may be a great cross curricular opportunity for English and history courses.
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- discuss the differences between argument, persuasion, and propaganda.
- analyze visual texts individually, in small groups, and as a whole class.
- (optionally) write an analytical essay.
The Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads lesson plan offers additional information about propaganda as well as some good Websites on propaganda.
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