Letters from the Front

Post date: Sep 25, 2015 4:01:02 PM

This week in class, students will be role playing (as best we can) life in the trenches during WWI. Few periods of warfare in history are worse than the discomfort, horror, and slaughter of the trenches during WWI. Outdated battle tactics, clueless generals, terrifying modern weapons of war, and massive numbers of soldiers combined to create horror unlike anything seen before.

During class this week, students will be doing an experiential activity that puts them in a "trench" and exposes them to a "battle" environment. The purpose is to get in the mood to reflect on and write a letter as a soldier to a family member about the discomfort and conditions of life in the trenches during WWI. There is an ultimate goal that will be discussed as we get to the end of the book.

Below is the slideshow with the information that will be presented in class as well as a video about the trenches that students can watch on their own time when they are free.

World War I: 1914