With this being the 100th anniversary of the war I’ve decided that I’m going to redo our First World War scheme of work. It needs to be more challenging and engaging and I feel inspired by the coverage in the media.
Below is a very early plan. If you read this blog I’d hugely appreciate your thoughts. Have I missed something? Is it in a stupid order? Do I need longer on anything? Any feedback gratefully received!
As you’ll quickly tell it’s VERY much note form at the moment so do take that into account.
WW1 scheme of work
Lesson 1: Why are people in Avonmouth digging up horseshoes in their gardens?
Link in with Avonmouth horse depot – local history hook
One Bristol man’s story from the front – narrative history
End on how did we get here. Use this as hook for causality
Will need simple narrative of war with numbers dead and injured. Macro and micro history
Lesson 2: Marxist interpretation – Imperialism
Rise of empire
Needs to cover Britain. Russia, Germany, etc.
End of splendid isolationism
Maybe alliance system here but not sure.
Lesson 3: Fischer interpretation – Germany
Naval arms race
Lesson 4: Clarke interpretation – Serbia
Assassination of FF
Needs more here
Lesson 5&6: Assessment
Something about which interpretation is most accurate. Combining causality and interpretation.
Essay but with something more?
Lesson 7: Was Wilfred Owen correct about life at the front? (I want to use Ivor Gurney if I can find correct poem as more locally relevant)
Life during WW1 on the front.
Source based lesson. Something on source handling. Bit of sly prep for GCSE
Breadth lesson building on themes in lesson 1.
Lesson 8: lions led by donkeys? Needs full enquiry question.
Haig and Somme
Use Blackadder v funeral footage. Chance to question Blackadder a la Gove.
Depth lesson on one battle
Lesson 9: Did life improve at home during WW1? (Needs better enquiry)
DORA, conscription etc
Role of women
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