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We are puppets
Activity 5

We are puppets

Group 1: Uncle Sam wants you

Uncle Sam, James Montgomery Flagg, 1917

Group 2: Patriotic flag

Still from the film Patton, by Franklin J. Schaffner, 1970



  • determined /dɪˈtɜːmɪnd/ (adj.)
  • nazi /ˈnɑːtsɪ/ salute (n.)
  • frown (v.)
  • join the army / enlist (v.)
  • point (the finger) at (v.)
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You are in charge of one picture: the poster or the film still.

Workbook p. 33

Look at the document. Say everything you can about it.

Watch the video
and take notes. Be ready to sum it up.

What is the link between the video and your document?

Useful vocabulary: There is… There are... In the foreground... In the background... The first element symbolizes... whereas the second one symbolizes…

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other picture.

What are the common points and differences?

What are the four elements of propaganda present in most superhero films? What do you call that kind of message?

Can you think of other works of art which carry a sort of propaganda message?

Useful vocabulary: They are similar because… They share the same… They both have…
In most superhero films, you can find…
I was quite surprised to learn… I learnt about...

Let's learn!

Guess who?

Choose one superhero you have seen so far, in one of the films or the previous pages, and present him or her without giving his name.

Over to you!

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Let’s use what you have learnt in and !

Choose one of the films in the list and explain how it is a means of propaganda. Then react to comments about how comics inspired cinema.

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