The Great War Project Plan

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An in-depth investigation into life, death and lessons learned during the first global war in human history. By Jane Jones and the team at Creative Teaching and Learning

Investigating aspects of the Great War helps pupils to understand our modern world. If we wish to understand today, we have to remember the past and ensure we do not forget. The last of the soldiers who fought in the Great War have gone. Few people who witnessed the war are still alive. We must not let the sacrifices made during this conflict and the changes it wrought slip beyond our memories.

The Great War Project Plan includes instructions, activity sheets, information factsheets, research resources and images to support the lesson plans and activities. Plus a series of country resources focusing on Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and Serbia and their role in the start of World War I.

See the description and project overview below for more information.

Format: ZIP download

Description

August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. At the time, it was simply called the Great War – the war to end all wars. But there were wars before, and there have certainly been wars since, so why do we need to remember the events that occurred almost a century ago?

On 4 August 1914, Britain joined the bloodiest human conflict the world had ever known. It was a global war, a total war, and nothing would ever be the same again. Very few people from the participating nations remained unaffected. It was a war that reached out and touched everyone’s lives in some way, affecting all aspects of life at home.

This cross curriculum project allows pupils to build upon their previous knowledge of the Great War and gain a more in depth understanding of why the war happened, why it was different to any war that had come before and why it has changed the nature of warfare that has come since.

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Project Overview

‘The Angel of Mons’ text
A non-fictional text explaining the events of the Battle of Mons – one of the first major battles of World War I – and the legend that surrounds the lack of casualties, despite the British being outnumbered and forced to retreat.

 

Activity 1: Reading the text
Activity 2: The path to war
Activity 3: Timeline of the Great War
Activity 4: Propaganda research exercise
Activity 5: The sinking of the Lusitania
Activity 6: The Trenches
Activity 7a: Gas attack
Activity 7b: The ethics of chemical warfare
Activity 8: Helping the wounded
Activity 9: Spies
Activity 10: Armistice
Activity 11: Shot at dawn
Activity 12: Statistics from the Great War
Activity 13: Creating a culturegram

 

The resource packs that accompany each activity include detailed instructions, worksheets, information factsheets, research resources, images and more.

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