This social change lesson plan aims to teach students about the history of posters and how various design elements and language tricks have been used to communicate a point and generate emotion.

Throughout history, posters have been used as a form of communication with the aim of generating an emotional response in the viewer.

With many students being visual learners, using historical posters is a great way to engage your students.

In this free and downloadable social change lesson plan students will learn:

  • What makes a successful poster. They will share and compare current, contemporary human rights posters and identify elements that help create a human response for a particular purpose.
  • Posters are created for a purpose. Students will learn to discern what the purpose of each poster is and the message it is trying to convey.
  • And how to create a contemporary human rights poster for themselves. Students will create a redesign based on a current, contemporary human rights poster and identify design elements that help evoke emotion.

Students will then be given an activity, where they can use Canva to create their own visual poem. To take part in this lesson, students will require the following:

  • Access to a computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • A Canva login

To take the lesson one step further, allow students to create a poster on the same topic, but with the purpose of encouraging people to get involved in a demonstration. You can also encourage them to create an online poll or survey to ask for feedback on the design they have created.

For more on this lesson, download the PDF Lesson Plan.

Written by
Paul Hamilton

Paul is the Head of Learning Technologies (Primary) at Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland, Australia. A leader and innovator in the edtech world, renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and iBeacon technology, Paul is a best selling published author, app developer, and sought after keynote speaker.