GEDB Developing Analytical Reading Skills through a Study of Propaganda (Lesson 2 of 5)
Confronting the Truth This lesson allows students to see how propaganda has led to devastating ends such as the genocide of millions of Jews and others based on the work of the Nazi Josef Goebbels. This lesson was developed by Sheila Wood as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
Confronting the Truth This lesson allows students to see how propaganda has led to devastating ends such as the genocide of millions of Jews and others based on the work of the Nazi Josef Goebbels.
Learning Targets and Criteria for Success
Students will be able to critically access what they accept as truth and what is
influenced by personal emotions and opinions.
Learning Tasks and Practice
Look at a variety of World War Two propaganda posters found in the text, Posters of World War II by Peter Darman and some pieces of artwork found online by the teacher.
As students work in the small groups, they will list reasons that these posters may have been believed and their suggestions followed – often without question.
- Ask students to create a propaganda poster that deals with an issue that is important to them.
Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning
The students' propaganda posters and class discussions