This is a creative performance based assessment task designed to let students demonstrate their understanding of Julius Caesar and the Roman Republic. Students work independently or in pairs to create a propaganda poster that is either PRO-CAESAR or ANTI-CAESAR. Each poster uses images, a slogan, and color to convey their message. Students must also cite evidence for their choices in a graphic organizer I call the "Persuasion Map." After the posters have been created, students then present and explain them to the class.
I gave my students a choice between creating the poster in Google Drive (Draw or Presentation) or on a poster board. Many of my students chose to create them on the computer, but both ways work just as well. I have included 5 of my students' posters for two main reasons: (1) they can be used to discuss what effective and ineffective propaganda looks like and (2) for inspiration.
In order to be able to complete this project, students should have studied the Roman Republic and Julius Caesar. They should also be familiar with the word "empire." This project is appropriate for all high school students, and may also be suitable for middle school students, though some adaptations may be required.
- Project sheet with directions for students
- 5 Types of Propaganda handout with examples
- Persuasion map to explain evidence
- 5 example posters created by my students
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