First World War Propaganda in the Humber

Teachers' notes, discussion and activity ideas

This page suggests ways in which the material in this resource can be used to prompt discussion and/or within activities. 

Curriculum links:

KS3/4 History World War One

KS3/4 Citizenship dealing with conflict, types of conflict


Learning objectives:  

Knowledge of propaganda techniques used to encourage men and women to volunteer for service

Understanding the power of propaganda and the variety of techniques used

Skills in analysing and understanding historical material

Discussion ideas:

  • Discuss and compare the different approaches in these images. How do they appeal to the emotions? How are they intended to make people feel?
  • Which of the approaches do you think would be most effective, and why?
  • Why do you think propaganda featuring the sinking of the Lusitania and the E13 submarine might have been particularly powerful in Hull?
  • What kinds of mass communication techniques do governments and companies use today? 
  • How do these differ from those used during the First World War?


Activity ideas:

  • Design your own propaganda poster. Think about who you want to recruit (e.g. soldiers or nurses) and what messages you could use to particularly appeal to them.

  • Design a First World War recruitment campaign using 21st Century  communication techniques. What approaches would you keep and what would you change?  
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