Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Queen Calls on Women
Review or explain the role of the monarchy in England during the war years. Discuss the historic facts associated with King George VI becoming king after the abdication of his older brother, King Edward. Define the term propaganda for the students and explain the role propaganda played, on both sides, during the Second World War. Alternatively, you might have the class complete a word web for the term "propaganda."
Outline The Opportunity
Have students review the introduction and the clip "I'm the proudest girl in the world" on the topic Canadian Women in the Second World War, on the CBC Digital Archives website. Students will create a list of five significant facts while thoroughly reviewing the file. Provide students with poster board to create a propaganda poster that conveys the Queen's message to women. The poster must have one slogan, a list of facts, and a strong visual interpretation of the war effort.
Revisit and Reflect
Place the completed posters on display. Allow the students time to tour the room to explore the messages on the posters. Have a class discussion on what makes a good propaganda poster and then identify which posters were most powerful in terms of conveying the message.
"The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave." Ask the students to explain this quotation from the Queen and then discuss the impact this message would have on the average person in Great Britain.
- poster boards
- drawing materials
- glue sticks and scissors