Behind Front Lines – Just People (EN-CUR-369)

This learning scenario is about civilian life during WWI. A key question is: Who are the best people at the worst times?

Getting a glimpse of the civilian life during WWI

Students work in 3 groups: 1) soldiers, 2) caretakers (hospital personnel or volunteers, taking care of soldiers and refugees), 3) fundraisers. They analyze digital historical resources (written and pictorial), trying to observe the different types of civilians portrayed, recognize the differences and similarities between them.

"Room of recovery", war neurosis - CC BY

Making a newspaper

The final activity is making a newspaper titled – “Who are the Best People at the Worst Time?” Each group has to design two newspaper pages, selecting pictorial resources, introducing them, describing the topic they were investigating.

It’s all about interpretation

Students also receive a task for their homework: select one resource from Europeana exhibition “Visions of War” for digital class exhibition (Padlet) and explain your choice. Through dialogue with the teacher, students explain why the same historical event can be interpreted in many ways.

This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.

Author: Tanja Horvat, Croatia

Age of students: 13 – 14

Subjects and topic: History, Geography, Art, Literature, English language, Civic Education/ WWI: Behind front lines

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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