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Gallery + Classroom Program—Media Literacy: Military Messaging

Dates Available: All school year

Grade Level: 6th–12th

Minimum Number of Students: 10 students

Maximum Number of Students: 50 students

Gallery Visited: World War I: Missouri and the Great War

Program Duration: 1 hour

Students will analyze, compare, and contrast posters, political cartoons, and commercials from the Civil War to more recent wars to gauge how past and present St. Louisans have experienced military conflicts. This program supports students’ media literacy skills by getting them to critically examine wartime media and messaging.

More About This Gallery + Classroom Program
In both the gallery and the classroom, students will hone their media literacy skills by analyzing wartime posters targeted at military recruitment and civilian participation in various war efforts. They'll use the artifacts on display in the gallery to think about how posters influenced people during World War I. In the classroom they'll use additional resources (including some from our collections) to reflect on how posters and other media influenced people during the Civil War, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. Throughout the experience, students will have discussions about how public opinion of war and media techniques have changed over time, as well as what types of posters are most effective.

 Please read our K-12 Policies before booking this program.

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Critical Thinking
Regardless of which field-trip experience you choose, all of our K–12 programs are designed to emphasize the critical thinking skills students use at museums, in the classroom, and as lifelong learners. Each one facilitates experiences in which learners can individually and collaboratively use Museum spaces, objects, and content to:

  • compare and contrast the past and the present
  • make connections between the people, places, and stories of history and their own experiences
  • comprehend and evaluate multiple perspectives and past choices
  • express and support their personal views on history

Here are some Pre-Visit Activities and other resources.

Program Modifications
We understand that many factors may cause your bus to be late. However, due to other group reservations and the schedules of our museum educators, we can't extend the length of your visit past your reservation time.

If you arrive late, we'll still do our best to deliver the program you reserved. However, modifications may be necessary depending on your arrival time. (NOTE: Excessively late groups can expect significant program changes.)

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