Propaganda Techniques Lesson 2: Citing Elements in Cartoons and Song Lyrics

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SWBAT cite evidence from a cartoon and song that strongly supports perspectives of World War II.

Big Idea

Look over here & over there: It's World War II all over the place!

Lesson Overview

How can students understand the use of propaganda in cartoons and songs? Students are learning that propaganda is a device used to persuade an individuals' opinion or behavior about a particular subject. Never once has students begun to envision how these techniques could be used in other mediums used to influence the thoughts and behaviors of people.

Warm-Up: Quick Write

7 minutes

To begin this understanding, students will answer the following prompt as they come into the classroom:

How can television influence thoughts about WWII?

Students will be given time to respond to this question silently in their notebooks. Volunteers will be called to share their responses to tv & propaganda prompt.

Independent Practice: Analyzing War in a Cartoon

20 minutes

Students will begin to see how technology influences their understanding of propaganda and its effect on the techniques used in text or visual aids. In this part of the lesson, students will watch a cartoon on a perspective related to WWII. As students watch the World War II cartoon & lyrics power point , they will respond to the following questions

  1. What aspect of war is told through the cartoon? List examples of how they are used in the cartoon.
  2. How is it categorized as an example of propaganda?

As students watch the video and record notes in their notebooks, I walk along the aisles to see what responses are highlighted from the clip. To wrap up our viewing, students share responses to the WWII cartoon with a peer. Watch in my teacher response to propaganda cartoon clip video reflection a response to a student who couldn't understand how the cartoon in this lesson is an example of propaganda although it was developed after events of the war.

Independent Practice: Annotating Lyrics

20 minutes

Now is the TIME to involve hearing the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy lyrics to understand the use of propaganda techniques in an auditory way. The interaction here will allow students to (1) read the song silently annotating for the use of war and its impact on the meaning of the poem and (2) hear the effects of alliteration and onomatopoeia to develop an understanding of how word choice makes war a positive occasion for men.

In the last task of today, students will listen to the song in this video clip

This is a GREAT way to wrap up this lesson on war and how the use of digital mediums such as a cartoon and song can grant new meanings and understandings about the aspect of World War II.