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#1 A G Davies

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 05:41 PM

After just having read Alison Denton's excellent Anyone for cholera? which gave me some excellent ideas to use while teaching the Industrial Revolution, and having seen similar threads on Medeiveal Monarchs and Teaching the Tudors, I was wondering if a similar thing could be done for WW1. I've taught this topic twice now and it tends to be a long topic (although the pupils really love it) and I feel by the end as if myself and the pupils actually lived through it??? Any ideas on some really catchy/interesting lessons that could make the First World War a shorter and even more interesting topic than it already is?
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#2 Ed Waller

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 06:16 PM

Something I've used a couple of times on the Alliance System that works well for lower ability groups especially... and this is in a girls school...

Role Play:

Three students play one group of 'mates' who are in Yr 11. They have a rival group played by three other students.

In each group, one student has a sibling in Yr 7.

I get the two playing the Yr 7s to fall out (one tripping the other down the stairs usually works - and I stress this is a role play, no students were injured in the making of this lesson).

The injured party runs to tell elder sibling, and let them take it from there!! It has always escalated rather pleasingly! :D

Then you can rename the two Yr 11 groups and the rest, as they say, is History.

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#3 Andrew Field

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 07:28 PM

I remember Stephen Drew talking about an excellent lesson he used to introduce the First World War. He has uploaded his resources to http://passmoresscho...ory/try9u15.htm - so I'd suggest having a look through those. I'll see if I can find the post where he explained his role play activity.


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Posted 17 August 2005 - 09:16 PM

Organise a Music Hall show! You can do an act yourself and then get the kids to join in with a couple of patriotic songs? You can get lyrics off many web sites and there are a number of CDs available with the songs if you want them to listen to "get their ears in".

And you can always get a copy of ...

The Writing Of Tipperary

* (Bill Caddick - I like the June Tabor version!)

King Edward the Seventh, whom some called the peacemaker
Died in Nineteen-and-ten
He was buried at Windsor, and in the procession
Were the finest and highest of men
There were nine crowned kings, thirty proud princes
Leaders of many a land
And old Kaiser Bill rode next to King George
With his field-marshal's baton in hand
Crippen was caught that very same year
Halley's comet flashed by
The first of the labour exchanges was opened
The year the old king died

The Sidney Street siege brought Nineteen-eleven
When anarchy died in the flames
In London in June King George and his queen
Played the Coronation game
"A place in the sun" said the Kaiser in Hamburg
Launching his new battleships
King George made India, Ireland and Wales
Places for right royal trips
Titanic was launched on the day of the Derby
London's last horse-bus was shelved
Suffragettes marched, demanding their rights
Then in came Nineteen-twelve

Jack Judge went down to West Bromwich town
To welcome the brand-new year
And he went to a pub to have a little sup
'Cos' he liked his pint of beer
And when he had a few he started to sing, and his voice he lifted high
My name's Jack Judge, I'll write you a song, from Mowbray Town come I

A Birmingham man was sitting close by
He heard what Jack did say
A pound to a penny, said he to Jack
You can't write a song in a day
Jack he laughed and he sang another song
And he said, I'll take you on
This afternoon I'll write you a song
And sing it 'fore the day is done

Jack laughed again, he sang another song
And he called for a pint of beer
Then he caught his train to Stalybridge
Where that night he was due to appear
And on the very first day of Nineteen-twelve
Old Jack Judge won his bet
And the song he made and sang that day
We never will forget

In March Nineteen-twelve, brave Scott and his comrades
Died while a snowstorm roared
And later that year the good General Booth
Finally laid down his sword
There were riots in Ireland concerning Home Rule
Mrs. Pankhurst was imprisoned again
Wilbur Wright died, the first of the fliers
As the Royal Flying Corps was named
Titanic went down in the spring of that year
Taking one thousand five hundred lives
The Balkan states blazed from border to border
As Death began sharpening his knives

Of the Nineteen-ten monarchs who mourned for King Edward
In Nineteen-thirteen few survived
Though some of them lived to a peaceful old age
Assassains took many a life
Death came calmly to China and Sweden
But elsewhere the murderer's hand
Struck the Pasha of Turkey and the King of the Greeks
While Spain pursued Death's plan
The armies of Europe paraded and postured
The stockpile of weapons increased
At The Hague, as if in grim desperation
They opened the Palace of Peace

More Suffragettes marches brought Nineteen-fourteen
Then the Archduke of Austria was slain
In less than two months, all of Europe was marching
Death was in business again
Many a young man from many a family
Willingly gave of his all
They died in their millions for dubious victory
Answering Kitchener's call
As they went off to the war in the trains and the troopships
They sang as they hurried along
And their words echo back from the graveyards of Flanders
Singing old Jack Judge's song

It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go
It's a long way to Tipperary, to the sweetest girl I know
Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Square
It's a long long way to Tipperary, but my heart lies there

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#5 Kate Richards

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 06:50 PM

One really good lesson I've done is on censorship. I took the class out onto the school field - we have a high bank/ditch running behind the building which was ideal. Students were given scraps of paper and little stubby pencils, told they were going over the top and to write a last letter home (whilst crouching / kneeling inthe mud - on plastic sheets of course!) We then returned inside where several 6th formers had set up as censors - as each 'soldier' filed past, their letters were date stamped & a black marker student was asked to write down how they felt having their letters censored, what sort of infromation was censorsed etc. This then led into a discussion and we looked at some photographs to see if they would have been allowed to be published. This worked really well and I will definetly do it again this.

Off to Ypres on Sunday, so will see what I can pick up too.

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 07:25 AM

This year to avoid death by trenches I am going to look at the Australian war with a look at Gallipoli and Palestine (never done them before). Liquid bully beef anyone???
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#7 Neil DeMarco

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 01:28 PM

Try this activity from my department website. Read the Word doc. first then go onto the Powerpoint. It's a group task where groups of pupils, say four per group, take on the responsibility of inducting new recruits (the rest of the class) as to the realities of warfare on the Western Front and how to survive it.


Forward to the Past: Word doc.
Forward to the Past: Ppt.

Edited by Neil DeMarco, 24 August 2005 - 01:30 PM.

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