Educator Resources

Analyze a Poster

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Meet the poster.

  • Quickly scan the poster. What do you notice first?

Observe its parts.

  • WORDS:
    • Does it have a message printed on it?
    • Are there questions or instructions?
    • Does it say who created it?
    • List the people, objects, places, and activities in the poster.
    • What are the main colors used?
    • Are there any symbols?
  • Does the poster try to persuade mainly through words, visuals, or both equally?
  • Write one sentence summarizing this poster.

Try to make sense of it.

  • When is this from?
  • What was happening at the time in history this poster was created?
  • Who do you think is the intended audience?
  • Why was it created? List evidence from the poster that tells you this.

Use it as historical evidence.

  • What did you find out from this poster that you might not learn anywhere else?
  • What other documents or historical evidence are you going to use to help you understand this event or topic?

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