Propaganda Posters

Students will discuss the purpose of propaganda posters in a “think-pair-share,” and identify posters they have seen both inside and outside of school. Students will view and respond to images from Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center’s exhibition Art of the American Soldier. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent...
GLE 0601.7.1
Analyze media for their ability to inform, persuade, and entertain.
GLE 0601.7.2
Examine the relationship between the visual (e.g., media images, painting, film, graphic arts) and the verbal in media.
GLE 0701.1.3
Understand and use correctly a variety of sentence structures.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats, such as in tables, images, diagrams, and words to develop a coherent understanding of a...
Compare and contrast the written version of a story, drama, or poem to the experience of listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live production of a text.
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Differentiate between “advertisements” and “propaganda” relative to poster design in history.
  • Understand the rights of citizens in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Examine the work contained in the Art of the American Soldier exhibition at the National Constitution Center, and recognize its personal portrayal of war.
  • Identify a modern-day (social, political, personal, etc.)
  • issue/theme to use as inspiration for the poster.
  • Create an appropriate composition that illustrates the use of propaganda.
  • Express their vision with proper use of mixed media (pencils, rulers, colored pencils, charcoal, watercolor paint & markers).
  • Provide self-reflection & critical response to others through the use of a “blog.” 

Lesson Variations

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