How the First World War was fought
The Western Front
Use this extract from the textbook and the internet links to help
The Creation of the Western Front
1. Where was the Western Front? Why is it called ‘Western’ and what is a front?
2. How long was the Western Front?
3. What was the Race to the Sea?
4. Why didn’t the Western Front move very much for the whole war, 1914 – 18?
What is a trench?
2. Why did trench warfare lead to so many deaths?
3. How did trench warfare combined with the machine gun lead to a stalemate?Here are some extracts from the textbook:
Assessment Task: OPVL Assessment 2016
Historians use evidence from the past to find out what happened. Your task is to evaluate the evidence from the point of view of an Historian.
Major Battles of WWI: Verdun and The Somme
In groups, you will be assigned one of these two major battles fought in WWI. Your task will be to research and prepare a lesson to teach the class about your assigned battle.
Your lesson should address the following:
What were the main events of the battle?
When, where and between who was the battle?
Why is it considered a significant battle of WWI?
What effect did it have on the progress or development of the war?
What was the outcome of the battle? Who ‘won’? How many were killed or injuried? How much land was won? etc…
You might want to also include:
How this battle is remembered and commemmorated today.
Soldiers accounts of the battle, to show what it was like from a first hand perspective.
Any other ideas?
This should not simply be a 20-30 minute Keynote + oral presentation, you should think about how to present this as a lesson. You might want to provide readings to the class, you might makes some notes on the board and get the class to copy them into their books so they have the key information written down, you might want to show them video clips, you might need a Keynote to show timelines, maps, images or graphs and statistics.
Start your research HERE – recommended sites