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English Lesson - WWI diaries

English Lesson - WWI diaries

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English Lesson - WWI diaries

  1. 1. Lessonplan in Englishfor secondary school purpose (on the analysis of the WWIsoldiers’diaries/memoirs) withinthe Erasmus+ project→TransformingEurope:WWIand Its Consequences1918 – 2018 AIMS: → to enable studentsto revise the general information about WWI → to bring studentscloserto the WWIsoldiers’experience → to make studentspractise readingcomprehension,literaryanalysis → to make studentsrevise the characteristic featuresofdiaries/memoirs(alternatively- letters) 1st lesson I Students briefly researchthe topicof WWIin orderto revise itshistorical &social background. Theyworkonline. Theyare dividedinto3groups,one doesthe researchonthe beginningsandcausesof WWI, secondrevisesthe course of majorevents,thirdlearns aboutthe endingof the worldconflictanditsconsequences.Theyworkin groupsfor 10 minutesandthen,for5 minutes, theygetpreparedforthe presentationof theirsearchresults.Each presentationlastsnomore than5 minutes. Recommendedwebsites: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01nb93y http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01nhwgx http://firstworldwar.com/index.htm II Studentsworkindividually for10minutes.Theyreadabout the soldier'sexperience inWorldWarOne.The taskis aimedat bringingthe studentsclosertounderstandingsoldiers’situationatthe front,intrenches,farfromtheir familiesandhomelands: https://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/articles/combat-and-soldiers-experiences http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/articles/the-daily-life-of-soldiers http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/articles/sensuous-life-in-the-trenches http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/articles/how-did-soldiers-cope-with-war 2nd lesson IIIStudentsare dividedinto4groups.The followingfourpiecesof diaries/memoirsare assigned- one parttoeach group.Theyread for25 minutes and a) jotdown the characteristics of a diary as a texttype b) analyse the writer’sstyle inregardsto tone,word choice, figuresof speech(figurative language), words/expressionsreferringtothe senses (sensorydetails)
  2. 2. c) identify charactertraits & changesin character, attitude d) take downtheirreflections,impressions,observations,conclusions The Diariesof Robert Lindsay Mackay http://firstworldwar.com/diaries/rlm.htm The Diary of Thomas FredrickLittler http://firstworldwar.com/diaries/littlerdiary1.htm WilliamBernard Whitmore:England& The Somme 1915-16 http://firstworldwar.com/diaries/whitmore.htm The Diary of Edwin Evan Jones http://firstworldwar.com/diaries/edwinjones.htm IV Theycompare & complete the notesin theirgroupsfor5-10 minutes andshare theirfindings inthe openforum. Afterthe presentations,students mayshare theirthoughtsaboutthe topic,diaries,reading. Additional reading: Memoirs& Diaries http://firstworldwar.com/diaries/index.htm Prose & Poetry http://firstworldwar.com/poetsandprose/index.htm Love Lettersfrom the Front http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077jrgw

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