American Revolution Propaganda Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will give you several activities, a quiz, and discussion topics that will help students better appreciate American propaganda around the time of the Revolutionary War.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify key pieces of propaganda from the time of the American Revolution
  • Name the people who created these pieces of propaganda
  • Discuss the propaganda at length, describing its purpose and what led to its creation.


30-60 minutes without the activity


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


Warm Up

  • Use the following questions to warm-up the class prior to any discussion or activities:
    • Other than being a political activist, what else was Benjamin Franklin famous for?
    • What is Paul Revere famous for?

Vocabulary Activity

  • Write the following terms up on the board:
    • Propaganda
    • Join or Die
    • Bloody Massacre
    • Paul Revere
    • American rattlesnake
  • Divide up the students so an equal number of students are assigned to each word.
  • They should attempt to define their word using pictures. That is to say, instead of words, they should draw in as much as necessary to properly visually define/identify the term in question and its meaning with respect to this lesson.

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