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This lesson uses persuasive maps and American propaganda posters from World War I to illustrate wartime propaganda techniques and to engage students in media analysis. Each student will analyze posters and maps of their choice, leading to a group discussion on the effectiveness of WWI propaganda and its cultural impact. A survey of geographic maps depicting how European geography contributed to and was affected by WWI can also be included upon request (field trips only).
Intended to be completed in the classroom before the scheduled field trip or class visit, the pre-teaching activity will give students some familiarity with the terms, ideas, and visuals that they will see during the actual visit.
During this portion of the visit, students will be asked to look closely at 20-30 posters and maps that fit within the curriculum theme. Students will conduct an in-depth image analysis of a poster and/or map of their choice.
Examples of Maps and Posters Used: (sets of items will vary)