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WWI Propaganda

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This student activity includes a variety of types of propaganda related to World War I. The United States government took great action when it came to World War I—they helped organize workers, recruit military members, and regulate the economy so that American could have a successful impact on the war. The Committee of Public Information formed by George Creel and other propaganda-producers used advertising techniques from businesses to make appeals to the average citizen and encourage them to make a difference. This assignment will ask you to connect each piece of propaganda to one of four major goals of the U.S. government during the war and to analyze a few specific pieces for author, audience, purpose, and even the medium/form.

Essential questions include:

  • What are the four main goals of the government during World War I?
  • Why and how did propaganda creators target specific audiences with their messages?
  • What are the effects of changing the medium or form of propaganda on how it might be received?

Tags: World War I, WWI, selective service, draft, liberty bonds, propaganda, music, Uncle Sam, persuasive writing, cause effect

I Want You for U.S. Army

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Poster, Your Work Means Victory

National Museum of American History

Her Bit (War Time)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

American Fund for French Wounded matchbox cover

National Museum of American History

Community Chest Button

National Museum of American History

Sheet Music, "God Bless America"

National Museum of American History

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