From PBS Learning Media comes this interactive, standards-aligned lesson focused on propaganda in World War II. Designed for students in grades 8-12, this digital lesson requires students to use primary sources and media to "examine how and why propaganda was used by combatant nations with such powerful effect during World War II." Over the course of thirteen sections the lesson uses examples of artifacts, documents, and video footage from the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union to "[invite] students to explore history through the experiences of ordinary people and gain important skills in media literacy that they can apply in the present day." Students can annotate and highlight directly in the text of the lesson, and exercises to encourage critical thinking are incorporated throughout the lesson. The final assignment asks students to evaluate the risks and benefits of propaganda and can be completed in written, oral, or multimedia format. Teaching tips for educators are included and anyone can access this lesson by creating a free account. While this resource is designed for student use, its interactive approach may appeal to lifelong learners as well. This lesson was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in partnership with the International Museum of World War II.
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