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Unit Goals

· The student will explore problems and issues in the United States related to World War II. (World History, Culture)
· The student will become familiar with techniques and strategies used in creating persuasive art. (Art Level III, Perception)
· 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, 127, 16-20.

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 Company (Inc.).

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