What methods do they use to get their ideas across?
Write a poem or an article that puts a serious
message across using humour as a vehicle.
Write two different reports about the use of
mustard gas. One should be in the style of a tabloid
newspaper and can be as sensational as you wish.
The other should be written in the style of a
report to the government of the day and should
be objective and informative. Choose the headline/
title and images with care.
Give both reports to others to read and assess
the responses. Were you successful in getting
your message across?
Do you think this sort of propaganda can be justified?
Would you believe it?
Find some examples of present day newspaper
coverage of war and compare them with the First
World War examples in the extracts. Are they written
for a different purpose? Can you be sure that
they are objective reports?