My Propaganda Poster


This is a self-made propaganda poster about my campaign of running for varsity table tennis team captain. By using color, images, and facial expressions, I effectively persuade other members of the team to vote for me.

I put a picture of Ma Long, the greatest table tennis player of all time, on the opposite side of the table to me. In the poster, I am in the foreground and Ma Long is in the background, indicating to the audience that I am the main focus of the poster. His unhappy expression contrasts against my confident body language, suggesting that Ma Long had been beaten by me. In addition, I added a speech bubble that says “Ryan is the best player I have ever played.” This is effective because if the best player in the world says I am the best play he had ever played, the audience would believe that I am a very good player.

The setting of the poster is the Olympics, the most prestigious stage in table tennis and in many other sports. When combined with me beating Ma Long, the setting becomes very effective.

The text on the right side is written in blue and white, which are the colors of ISB. Also, a drawing of a table tennis racket with an ISB logo on it was used to replace the words “table tennis” because images are much more appealing than plain words. Lastly, the Long (龙) in Ma Long means dragon, which is the mascot of ISB.

Propaganda Poster Reflection

Most of the propaganda posters appeals to ethos and pathos. In addition, the posters usually have big bold text that supports Maoism. The main color of the posters is bright red, as it is the color of China. In these posters, the Chinese people and their allies are in a confident body posture and wear neat clothings; they are often in the foreground to capture the audience’s attention. On the other hand, the people that are against communism in the poster seems weak and old; they are put in the background to suggest they are less important than the Chinese.


For this unit, we had to do two presentation, one on propaganda poster and one on editorial cartoon. Determining the six dimensions was easy to do for propaganda poster because most of them are US Navy enlistment. However for the editorial cartoon, the purpose and intended audience are not as clear. During this unit, I learnt how to appeal to ethos, pathos, and logos.

Final Reflective Blog

In a group work, I listen to the feedbacks my group mates give me to improve my work. However, I need to work on resolving conflicts within my group. Rank of norms: putting ideas on the table, pay attention to self and others, posing questions, presuming positive intentions, providing data, paraphrasing, and pausing. The easiest to implement was paying attention to self and others. Collaboration is important when doing group work.

Practice Socratic Seminar Reflection

In the practice socratic seminar for the first 11 chapters of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” I listened and took notes on what other people said, but I didn’t participate in the conversation. I slightly improved from the formative socratic seminars on “The Veldt” and “Ordeal by Cheque” because I paid more attention to others and I took notes. My goal for next time is to contribute at least 5 times, speak clearly without “um”s and “uh”s, and have questions ready to ask.