Propaganda Posters from World War I


The posters on the following pages were all used to influence American public opinion and behavior during World War I. The posters have been divided into three groups.

Study the posters in each group. As you look at each poster, think about the following: What is its purpose or message? Who is the intended audience?

 

  Group 1 Posters
  Group 2 Posters
  Group 3 Posters

 


 

The Task:

  • All iLAP students will complete Task 1.

  • World War I Internet Study students may choose Task 1 or Task 2.

All iLAP Students
(and any World War I Internet Study students who accept the challenge!)

Answer the questions below.

World War I Internet Study Students

Ask for the Module 4 Information Organizer

 

Keep in mind...

  1. Propaganda
     
    1. What is propaganda? You may want to review the pages in this site, use your book, a dictionary, and/or other sources to help you define this term.
    2. How are these posters examples of propaganda? What evidence from the posters supports your conclusion?
       
  2. Purpose
     
    1. What is the goal of the posters in Group 1? What behaviors and/or attitudes are they trying to influence? Provide evidence from the posters to support your conclusion.
    2. Answer the same questions for Group 2.
    3. Answer the same questions for Group 3.
       
  3. Patriotism
     
    1. What is patriotism? You may want to review the pages in this site, use your book, a dictionary, and/or other sources to help you define this term.
    2. What patriotic symbols are used in the posters. What do the various symbols represent or stand for?
       
  4. The Enemy
     
    1. Describe how the "enemy" is portrayed in the posters. Provide specific examples from specific posters.
    2. How does this portrayal of the enemy help the overall goal of these propaganda posters?
       

     

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