Life in the trenches
  • This lesson begins with a familiar look at trench life. An analysis of sources, audio clips and prose using higher order thinking skills as well independent learning will bring students to the conclusion that trench life was extremely tough for soldiers. A chance to write a letter home, before realising the problems of censorship, will suggest to students that soldiers had to struggle in the mud and squalor surrounding them.

  • However historians such as Dan Snow question how long soldiers spent in the trenches and discovers that in fact 45% of their time was spent behind the lines and in relative safety. Thus the overriding question of the lesson now becomes more apparent.

  • Finally the use of historical hexagons will challenge thinking and challenge students to link ideas together.

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Created: Jul 20, 2017

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

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