· The student will explore problems and issues in
the United States related to World War II. (World History,
· The student will become familiar with techniques
and strategies used in creating persuasive art. (Art Level
· The student will study persuasive art to form conclusions
about historical and cultural contexts. (World History, Culture)
· The student will understand how to create and evaluate
an original work of persuasive art. (Art Level III, Response/Evaluation)
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Overview of Lessons
Lesson One: World War II War Posters
This lesson identifies issues and problems in the United
States during WWII and describes the role of war posters in
this time period. Activities include a discussion of issues
facing the United States during WWII, and the classification
of WWII posters according to the specific problems they address.
Lesson Two: Modern Advertising
This lesson introduces persuasive techniques used in advertising
and allows students to compare these techniques with those
used to create WWII war posters. The lesson includes a guide
for leading students through the deconstruction of a commercial
or magazine advertisement.
Lesson Three: Original Ad or Persuasive Poster
This lesson demonstrates use of the SCAMPER technique to
create an original persuasive poster about a current event
or an original advertisement for a product or service. The
lesson contains materials to guide students in creating and
evaluating an original work of persuasive art.
Resources and Materials
American College of Chest Physicians (2004). Brief History
of Tobacco Advertising to Women. The Chest Foundation.
Bird, William L. and Harry R. Rubenstein (1998). Design for
Victory: World War II in Posters on the American Home Front.
New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Campbell, John, ed. (1989). The Experience of World War II.
New York: Oxford University Press.
DeNoon, Christopher (1997) Posters of the WPA. Los Angeles:
the Wheatley Press.
Douglas, Roy (1990). The World War 1939-1945: The Cartoonists’
Vision. London: Routledge.
Eberle, Bob (1996). Scamper: Creative Games and Activities
for Imagination and Development. Buffalo, NY: D.O.K. Publishers.
Kress, Gunther and Theo van Leeuwen (1996). Reading Images:
The Grammar of Visual Design. London: Routledge.
Olson, Todd. (1995). The Power of Persuasion. Scholastic Update,
Pratt, D.R. (2001). Propaganda
Posters-Bold Persuaders. Retrieved May 4, 2004.
Stolley, Richard B., ed. (1989). LIFE: World War II: History’s
Greatest Conflict in Pictures. New York: Little, Brown and
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