Paul Baümer was sent off to the “war to end all wars” in 1914 and on a quiet day in October of 1918, Baümer’s war on the Western Front ended with his death. Since history informs literary movements, themes, and characters, it follows that literature does not happen in a vacuum. Consequently, our responses to the machinations that authors weave for us are also informed by history. All Quiet on the Western Front was Remarque’s response to his military service in the “Kaiser’s War. For students to fully understand this anti-war novel, knowing some of the history behind WWI can deepen a student’s appreciation of Remarque’s masterpiece.
This unit includes numerous activities that pertain to World War I and the novel itself. All lesson plans are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and include answer keys where needed.
This unit includes activities that relate to WWI as well as All Quiet on the Western Front. World War I lesson plans are as follows:
• The Major Causes of WWI
• The Armenian Genocide
• Timeline of major events in WWI
• Spies and Weapons of WWI
• Animals in War
• Border Changes as a Result of War
Western Front Lesson Plans and Activities are:
• Found Poem
• Character Analysis of Paul Baümer
• Analyzing and Responding to Quotations from the Novel
• Six Creative Activities
• End of unit test that covers WWI and the novel.
• Creation of a timeline of some of the major events in All Quiet and creation of student’s personal timeline
In our store, we also offer a PowerPoint presentation on WWI that explores the causes, major players, spies, weapons, effects of the war and other interesting facts.