Nurses’ World War I Stories (EN-CUR-383)

World War I: photograph of nurses dressing wounds

Nurses’ World War I Stories is a learning scenario aimed at teaching and learning storytelling. It is based on facts and fiction about the private and professional lives of nurses in WWI and literary recreation of a novella Barrack Five B of the Croatian writer Miroslav Krleža.

Students explore Europeana collection about WWI and write a story based on historical facts and imagination of Miroslav Krleža. They express themselves in a naturalistic and expressionistic manner, using digital tools for storytelling. New stories are written from a new, female perspective of the WWI nurses. Students first write these stories individually. Then each group chooses the best story and creates a digital story in form of a comic book or a video.

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: Nataša Sajko

Age of students: 18

Subject and topic: Croatian language, WWI

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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