The memory of the world wars and other historical events
Aim of the lesson
This learning scenario was designed for students of 16-18 years old. The aim of the lesson is to try to familiarize my students with the personal memories of their families during main historical events, like the world wars. During the lessons, they improved their foreign language knowledge and at the same time learnt more about events of history.
Introduction to Europeana
The first activity consisted of letting students browse Europeana collections. Per groups of three, they had to search for one picture using different keywords (world war, Italian front, and so on.) and present what they found to the other groups.
Reconnecting with personal memories
During the lessons, pupils also had the possibility to get to know more about the personal aspects of wars. Using the Europeana platform, they could create a ‘conversation’ between the past and the present. Writing and copying postcards of the era based on the models of the portal. In order to do that, students were asked to collect their own family stories of the wars for the next lesson. For example, they had to make “interviews” with their parents or grandparents about the participations or what they experienced.
Another task of this scenario was to share with the school community the experiences of the project in an exhibition and to create in that way a platform of freely talking about historical traumas.
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