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GCSE – First World War

could you find poetry in war? Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum’

  • In this resource, students work with a cloze version of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum’.
  • Students are asked to look at the choices that Owen made in drafting and redrafting the poem, and consider what difference the choices made.
  • The resource could be used as a whole class activity on a whiteboard, or by individual students at desktops.
  • For full notes on how to use this poem in the classroom, see our teachers’ handbook.
  • for KS3 studentsfor KS4 studentsan interactive, multimedia resourcegreat for whiteboards
    WW1 Propaganda Officer Design your own Propaganda Poster

  • In this resource, students take on the role of a propaganda officer in the First World War.
  • It opens with a discussion of propaganda during the First World War. Students then
    design their own propaganda poster and write a slogan for it. Students conclude by writing up a report on their poster
    for the ‘commanding officer’.
  • The teachers who designed this resource have included their notes
    on using the poem in the classroom in our teachers’ handbook.
  • for KS3 studentsan interactive, multimedia resource
    WW1 Visual Grammar The Grammar of World War 1 Propaganda Posters

  • In this resource, students revise their knowledge of grammar through the context of First World War propaganda posters.
  • Students look at posters and learn about their ‘visual grammar’ – how the image is constructed. They then revise
    their grammar knowledge by writing a description for each poster to describe its visual grammar.
  • The teachers who designed this resource have included their notes
    on using the poem in the classroom in our teachers’ handbook.
  • for KS3 studentsan interactive, multimedia resource
    could you find poetry in war? World War 1 Poetry Reader

  • This tool allows students to read a poem as it appears on the screen one line at a time.
  • It is designed to allow students to consider the poem carefully, thinking about how the poem works.
  • The resource may be particularly useful for dyslexic students.
  • Use the slider at the bottom of the screen to adjust the speed at which the poem displays.
  • for KS3 studentsfor KS4 studentsan interactive, multimedia resource
    Reims - 1914-1918 The Bombardment of Reims in 1914-1918, shown through propaganda postcards

  • A collection of postcards showing Reims after the First World War.
  • These could be used in the classroom to give some idea of the impact of the First World War on France.
  • for KS3 studentsfor KS4 studentsfor AS and A2 studentssuitable for printing out
    Poet, woman and spy May Wedderburn Cannan, poet and MI5 employee, recalls the First World War

  • Extracts from the autobiography of May Wedderburn Cannan, a poet and MI5 employee during the First World War.
  • These can be used in class to give a very different view of the war, particularly for women. Cannan shows
    the life-style that young women had during the war and immediately after it.
  • Cannan also recalls how people thought of poets like Sassoon and Owen during the war.
  • for KS4 studentsfor AS and A2 studentssuitable for printing out