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Gallery + Classroom Program: The Great War

Dates Available: April 10–May 31

Grade Level: This program is available for 6th–12th grades only.

Minimum Number of Students: 10 students

Maximum Number of Students: 35 students

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

Program Duration: 1 hour

How was World War I experienced by St. Louisans? Students will critically examine war-time posters; their audiences and messages. They will evaluate how the battle fields and home fronts have changed over time.

More about this Gallery + Classroom Program
In the gallery and classroom, students will hone their media literacy skills by analyzing wartime posters targeted at military recruitment and at civilian participation in various war efforts. In the gallery, students will use the artifacts on display to think about how posters influenced people during World War I. In the classroom, students will use additional resources partially pulled from our collections, to think about how posters and other media influenced people during the Civil War, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. Throughout, students will have discussions about how media techniques have changed over time, how public opinion about war has changed over time, and what types of posters are the most successful.

 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 programs are designed to emphasize the critical thinking skills students use in museums, the classroom, and as lifelong learners. These big goals drive our program creation, our staff training, and our program evaluation for a holistic and outcome-driven approach.

For all K–12 programs we strive to create and facilitate experiences in which learners will individually and collaboratively use Museum spaces, objects, and content to:

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

Here are some Pre-Visit Activities and other resources.

Program Modifications
We understand that there are many factors that 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 do our best to still deliver the program you reserved; however, modifications may be necessary depending on your arrival time. For groups that are excessively late, significant changes to your program will be necessary.

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