Can be used for 8th – 11th, Homeschool students.
Includes: PDF, 46 PDF pages + 32 Google Slide pages + 18 PPT slides
Make persuaders out of your students with several activities that analyze famous World War II posters, then culminate their learning with a propaganda poster of their own to promote a positive behavior to address a current school problem.
This resource comes as a printable PDF and digital for Google Slides!
This plug-and-play PBL activity kit teaches, reinforces, and assesses your students on common propaganda devices, then has them analyze several posters, writing in-depth about one with scaffolding along the way. Next, challenge them to create a poster that addresses a persistent high school problem like tardiness, bullying, or littering.
Let your principal decide whose poster has the winning message to transform your school’s culture!
Greatness is spotting persuasive devices at work, weighing their message appropriately, and knowing when and how to use them for good.
World War II was the U.S.’s greatest fight of the 1900s. Though the fighting was “over there,” Americans back home wanted to do their part. There was much to do.
There was so much to do!
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources that make learning real and immediately relevant, challenging your students to wonder, “How can I effectively persuade the behavior of others?”
Included in this complete activity kit :
- Teacher Overview and detailed Lesson Plans for each activity
- Answer keys and rubrics for all activities
- PowerPoint with high-resolution image files and analysis questions
- Concept Definition notes to develop a nuanced understanding of the “propaganda”
- Propaganda devices handout of 12 selected devices for mini-lesson
- Matching game activity where students pair devices with modern examples
- Whole-class Poster Analysis collaborative activity
- Poster Analysis independent gallery walk activity of 16 more posters
- Extended Written Analysis with rubrics and writing template for the summative assessment
- Create-My-Own Poster Project step-by-step directions, planning and reflection questions, 2 sample posters, and rubrics for summative assessment
- 17 full-page color posters to choose among and analyze
- Google Slide version of all student materials
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WOW! This was part of a 3-year-long LA/SS unit that focused on WWII. Even though I used this resource with 6th-graders, I believe that you could get even more detail than I did with the older grades. However, the material was easily accessible for 6th graders. This resource is highly recommended if you plan to include propaganda studies in your WWII unit.
It was great for reviewing propaganda devices and the collaborative activity was fantastic! It worked well for virtual education.