How to analyse a Propaganda Poster

How to analyse a Propaganda Poster

Welcome to the “How to analyse a Propaganda Poster” Lesson Plan!

Propaganda posters have been used throughout history to influence public opinion and promote political ideologies. In this lesson, students will learn how to analyse a propaganda poster from Nazi Germany.

First, students should look at the overall message of the poster. Is it promoting a specific ideology or political agenda? Who is the target audience? What emotions is the poster trying to evoke in the viewer?

Next, students should examine the design elements of the poster. What symbols and images are used? What colours and fonts are used and why? How does the layout and composition of the poster contribute to its message?

Students should also consider the historical context of the poster. When and where was it created? How does it relate to the time’s broader political and social climate?

To further aid student understanding, an example of a propaganda poster from Nazi Germany will be provided and discussed in detail.

To ensure understanding, a student activity will be included where students will be provided with another propaganda poster, and they have to analyse it using the steps discussed in the lesson.

To further assist student understanding, the “Cunning History Teacher” video “How do I analyse a history Propaganda Poster?” will be made available to students via the link this page. The video is also available on Youtube. This video will provide a detailed explanation and demonstration of how to analyse a propaganda poster.

By the end of this lesson, students will have a better understanding of how propaganda posters are used to influence public opinion and promote political ideologies, and will be able to analyse a propaganda poster from Nazi Germany using the techniques discussed in the lesson.

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Resource Information

Description:An example of how to analyse a propaganda poster is provided in detail and a student activity is included to ensure understanding.
Estimated lessons:1.
Ages14-18 years.
Format PowerPoint.

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