Visual Essay: Independence Day Posters


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

Yom Haatzmaut is celebrated with music, dancing, and ceremonies but did you know that since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Israeli government has commissioned graphic artists to design posters for each year? Why did the State of Israel make this a priority? What themes and big ideas are reflected in these posters? In this resource learners will examine posters from the year 1959 and understand the use of graphic design to convey messages. Then learners will go on to apply this understanding in creating posters for the upcoming Independence Day.

The learner will:


  1. understand what art can be and its function in our lives
  2. know how the design of a posters can indicate the achievements and challenges of Israel, the special features of the country, and the celebrations on Independence Day
  3. be able to design their own Independence Day posters, highlighting an aspect of Israel while also  incorporating colors, texts, symbols, images, and number of years of independence.
About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for Jewish items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.
  4. The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

Link to the lesson plan:
Visual Essay: Independence Day Posters

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