Students Create WWII-Inspired Propaganda
A key component of the mission of The National WWII Museum is education, to ensure that future generations understand and are inspired by the stories and sacrifices of Americans during WWII. To that end, our Education Department has created engaging and thought provoking public programming, classroom lessons (and activities) and distance learning programs. Teachers and students around the country benefit from these resources and every so often, students and teachers write to share how these resources were used and how much they enjoyed and learned from them.
Students from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are one such example. The 10th Grade students in Ms. Anitra Walker’s English II class sent us images of their work after completing a unit on WWII. Students began with a lesson on WWII and then studied the use of propaganda during WWII. Students in pairs created propaganda posters and spent time discussing each other’s work and how each poster used the loaded words and other elements of “propaganda.” The unit concluded with a visit to the museum.
Ms. Walker said that the students in her English II class are diverse “and it shows in their drawings, sketches and paintings.” Ms. Walker also said that “this was a wonderful assignment because it was a form of learning across the curriculum. History and English were tied together along with Art. My students were able to make a connection between the classroom and real-life situation.”
Thank you to Ms. Walker’s class for sharing this terrific work with us. We are happy to be able to share it with all of you!
Posted by Laura Sparaco, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator