This PowerPoint presentation is a synthesis for the poem In Flanders Field and the novel All Quiet on the Western Front. It starts with images of Flanders in France as well as a cemetery in Florida called Flanders. Students are asked to react to these images. Then, it includes a dance and song performed by Anthony Hutchcroft and the Canadian Youth Dance Theatre for the Canadian Remembrance Day. Students are asked to react to the dance, the imagery, movements, etc and discuss the intended purpose/message of the dance. Then they are asked to compare it to the message of All Quiet in the Western Front. Then the poem is included with several questions about tone, diction, theme and author's purpose as well as a comparison to the novel. Finally, this includes an image by German artist Otto Dix titled Flanders. There are more questions for this image including discussion author's purpose, theme, etc.
This activity is best used after students have finished the novel. However, if someone wanted to adapt it, you could open with just the discussion and questions relating to the poem, the song, and the images without making comparisons to the novel. This was designed to be used in a blocked period of 84 minutes. It could be adapted to be used as homework or over the course of two days. The lesson is intended to bring together different media to show that all have similar, but not the same messages about war. Students should recognize that the authors' purpose for each piece might be different. I used this also to discuss Erik Remarque's comment at the beginning of his book that says that it was neither an accusation about nor a justification of what happened during WWI.