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Critical Inquiry of Propaganda Posters from World War I

Students will examine posters from World War I to determine the use of propaganda. The posters reflect economics, patriotism, environmental issues, recruitment, fear, and investment. The primary sources, found in Documenting the American South (UNC-CH Libraries), provides a wide array of posters.

A lesson plan for grade 8 Social Studies

By Paulette Scott

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Students should learn that posters do not always carry a simple message, but can be subtle and aggressive. Students should realize that governments use posters in varying ways. This lesson also helps with student literacy and enhances their ability use a critical eye.

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