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“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Understanding the Propaganda of World War II
The mobilization of the United States to a wartime economy during World War II was massive. The federal government reorganized existing plants to produce goods and services for the war effort and instituted policies to ration and redirect resources.

Mobilization caused major impacts on the lives of Americans. A peacetime draft was instituted in 1940 to supplement military enlistments. Scrap drives were conducted to reallocate materials for war goods. Regulations were imposed on some wages and prices. Some products were subjected to rationing. Citizens raised victory gardens to supplement food supplies and purchased war bonds to help fund the war. Some labor unions signed no-strike pledges.

Job opportunities in the civilian workforce and in the military opened for women and minorities. African Americans organized to end discrimination and segregation so that they could contribute to the war effort. Although Japanese Americans were interned in relocation camps by the U.S. government, many enlisted in the armed services.

I can:
  • Identify and explain changes American society experienced with the mobilization of its economic and military resources during World War II.

  • Identify the six key areas which propaganda was designed to addressed

  • Create a piece of propaganda aimed at the Homefront to address one of the six areas.

Tech Skills:
  • Navigate websites

  • Utilize keyboarding and mouse skills

  • Select objects and paste them into another location.

  • Select an object to resize for proper proportions

  • Select areas within the drawing

  • Drag and drop objects and text depending on the needs of the product

  • Highlight text and copy and paste it into another location.

  • Properly cite and utilize web images connected to content

  • Utilize Google Drawings to create.

  • Publish and share a digital creation

Materials and Resources:

Propaganda Template & Directions

Video - How to use Google Drawings

How to use Google Drawings - Text



Grade Level:
  • 9th-12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • American History

Students will create their own piece of World War II propaganda, which addresses one of the 6 key areas and contains an original slogan.


Activity 1

  1. Review basics of google drawings if needed - whole group or independently.

  2. Brainstorm focus and topic of poster


Activity 2

  1. Students will create their propaganda poster utilizing google drawings and share completed project with instructor.

Ohio Modern World History

  • 15. The consequences of World War I and the worldwide depression set the stage for the Russian Revolution, the rise of totalitarianism, aggressive Axis expansion and the policy of appeasement, which in turn led to World War II.


Ohio American History

  • 22. The United States mobilization of its economic and military resources during World War II brought significant changes to American society.
Supplementary Resources:


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**Lesson created based on work found at

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