The Christmas Truce, 1914
These outstanding resources on the Christmas Truce in 1914 are a great lesson no matter the time of year, but they make a particularly moving, touching and inspirational end to the long Autumn Term on the meaning of Christmas.

I've provided two resources with this lesson. They can be used in any subject across the curriculum. This topic links to History, Music, RE, PSCHE, English, Drama and Music. The first resource is a worksheet with a series of activities aimed to support a wide spectrum of learners. I've built in extension tasks as well as DART strategies for the less able. The PowerPoint is designed to primarily to support the delivery of the worksheet, but includes the aims and objectives, a snowballing starter for pair and share, differentiated questions for different groups, historical sources and diagrams to help illustrate core ideas as well as carefully selected video and music clips.

This is one of my favourite lessons and I am confident that it will quickly become yours as well. Treat yourself to good lesson, avoid the painful Christmas videos at the end of term and create a memorable educational moment in time for your students with this truly inspirational story.

You will learn:
Theme: What is the meaning of Christmas?
Know: What happened during the Christmas Truce in 1914?
Understand: Why did the British and German troops hold an unofficial truce?
Evaluate: Why wasn’t there a Christmas truce in 1915?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Source Analysis, Evaluation and Judgement.

What Am I Looking For this lesson?
Identify = What happened during the Christmas Truce in 1914?
Describe = Why the British and German soldiers held an unofficial truce in 1914?
Explain = Why the British and German soldiers held an unofficial truce in 1914?
Analyse= Why wasn’t there a Christmas truce in 1915?

The best documentary to watch on this - rather than a Christmas video is: Days that shook the World – The Christmas Truce. See your history department for a copy. If they are worth their salt they will have a copy!

I am offering these resources at a knock down price - for a cup of coffee. I was recently made redundant by a multi-academy trust because I was the union rep. If you like my resources then check out the rest on my TES shop or if you fancy a chat about any of my resources or simply want to be kept updated, then you can follow the The History Academy on Twitter, Facebook or You Tube.

Anyway, have fun and whatever time of year it is - Peace and Goodwill to all Men and Women. Please help to keep alive the spirit of the Christmas Truce, 1914.

Kind Regards

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Created: Nov 28, 2016

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