Close Menu

Detecting Propaganda

Want to outsmart persuasive messages and propaganda? These tools and activities reveal techniques that governments, advertisers, political groups and others use to create manipulative media.

  • Poster/Activity

    Weed Out Propaganda

    A bold digital poster outlines a simple acronym — S.E.E.D. — to help students learn to spot propaganda by recognizing four of its key techniques.

  • Activity

    Evaluating Election Ads

    In this activity, students examine some of the techniques political campaigns use in ads to persuade voters.

  • Artifacts

    Propaganda Through History: Analyzing Historical Sources

    In the battle for hearts and minds, propaganda has always played an essential role. In this activity, students use the E.S.C.A.P.E. strategy to closely analyze a historical source, shedding light on how propaganda has evolved and drawing comparisons to today’s manipulative media messages.

Special Thanks

This content was made available in partnership with


Incorporate NewseumED resources in your classroom or enrich your research project with rare, hi-res primary sources.

EDClasses & Training

Request a class or workshop to get personalized instruction from Newseum Education staff.


Dive into specially curated collections of primary sources and lessons on civil rights, women's suffrage and more.

  • The primary and secondary resources are totally awesome!”

    Hassan Mims Social Studies, Grades 9-12
  • The Newseum is a unique experience. It connects real world events to the heart of each individual.”

    Jane Peterson English, Grade 8
  • All the content from NewseumED is high quality and fully accessible for my students. That makes it invaluable!”

    Shay Taylor Education Technology Specialist, Grades 9-12 and college