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World War I Propaganda

Propaganda played an important role in influencing popular culture and national pride during World War I.  In this unit, we provide a lesson that introduces propaganda - its definition, role, and different manifestations.  A second lesson looks at propaganda specifically developed by The National War Garden Commission, started by Charles Lathrop Pack in 1917.



World War I


Big Ideas

Perspective on Events

Essential Questions

What role do multiple causations play in describing a historic event?

What role does analysis have in historical construction?


  • Learning about the past and its different contexts shaped by social, cultural, and political influences prepares one for participation as active, critical citizens in a democratic society.

  • Historical skills are used by an analytical thinker to create a historical construction.


  • Articulate the context of a historical event or action.

  • Analyze the interaction of cultural, economic, geographic, political, and social relations for a specific time and place.

End of Unit Assessment

As a final assessment, have students compare and contrast the ideas in Charles Pack's book to the political cartoon "The War Garden's Ultimate Objective," and have students write down the similarities and differences in style and ideas.


Plans in this Unit

Introduction to Propaganda in WWI

War Garden Propaganda during World War I

Grade Level

High School

Standards/Eligible Content



PA Common Core Standards:

8.6. 9-12 A

8.5.9-12 A,B,D,F


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About the Author

This unit was created by Cultural Fieldwork Initiative Interns from Temple Univeristy Josh  Sherman and Schnell Washington, Summer Education Intern Jessica Sharp, and Alicia Parks, Wells Fargo Education Manager at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


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