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Persuasive Cartography – The PJ Mode Collection at Cornell University

Persuasive Cartography

We all (or most of us) know about the concept of persuasive writing, as this is one of the major focuses in our Language Arts curriculum.  Getting students to understand the power that words have to influence and sway opinion one way or another or to reinforce already held beliefs.  But what about visual representations of the same concepts?

This is where Persuasive Cartography, or map making, comes into play.  These are not your typical maps that would be found in an atlas or even used to teach basic geography, but are rather intended to send a message to the viewer.  The PJ Mode Collection at Cornell University is an open source collection of 800+ of these maps that cover a variety of topics and time periods and is fully searchable and easy to browse:

What’s also nice is each map in the collection is able to be downloaded for use in the classroom, made into a poster or handout for tabletop activities, and fully sourced for citation purposes.

For more information, OpenCulture published an article detailing the collection and persuasive mapmaking as a whole that you might find informative.


Potential use in the classroom:  As a warm-up or discussion activity around historical events in your course, or as a discussion kickstarter for the topic of persuasion and propaganda.

Recommended grade levels:  7-12.

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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in Websites


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Art of the Day – 5/21/13 (Beat the Whites With the Red Wedge, El Lissitzky, 1920)

Daily Artwork — “Beat the Whites With the Red Wedge, 1920”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

1920 — Beat the Whites With the Red Wedge. Lithograph. Suprematism style. El Lissitzky (1890-1941).

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Daily Art


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Propaganda – Infographic

Propaganda: A Short History 

So what do Walt Disney, Adolf Hitler, Dr. Suess, and Pope Gregory XV have in common?  All were exceptional creators of propaganda.  Propaganda is the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor with the express purpose of either helping or hurting an institution, person, or cause.  Today’s inforgraphic takes a brief look at the history of propaganda from the 17th century Catholic Church through the 21st century and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) with a special focus on contrasting World War II propaganda pieces.



Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Infographics


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Video of the Day – 3/19/13 (Nimbus: Nazi Propaganda, 1944)

Daily Video — “Nimbus: Nazi Propaganda, 1944”

Nazi Germany was well known for its propaganda machine.  Today’s video is a short cartoon produced by the government in 1944, targeting the French people and trying to convince them that the Allies were fighting them as well as the Germans.  Keep a look out for well known American cartoon figures making an appearance!

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Daily Video


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