This is a great site to teach students about the difficulties that soldiers faced in the trenches in World War I: Over the Top
I have come up with an in-depth lesson that keeps students engaged and focused while going through the story. My lesson includes the following items:
1. Cover Page - Serves as a checklist for students and provides directions on what they need to do for the class period. (Also has a teacher signature line for you to sign off on when you see their "Survival Certificate" at the end of the story.)
2. Decision Diary - Students need to keep track of the decisions they make during their own adventure. They also need to record why they believed it was the best decision.
3. Crossword - As trench warfare vocabulary presents itself, students are to find the definition and then insert that word into the crossword puzzle. (Answer Key Included for this.)
**Students complete #2 and #3 at the same time while using the site.**
4. Culminating Letter or Journal - Once students have completed their story, they finish up the assignment with a letter/journal from the trenches. Requirements: 3 paragraphs (4-5 sentences each) and 9 vocabulary terms from the crossword. Writing space is provided as well.
Parts of the story are narrated and have sound effects...so students may want to bring headphones to the computer lab, but they are not required. This lesson usually takes a full 90 minute block period for students.
All parts available in PDF or Word (except for the crossword - only PDF).
Need any other World War I Materials?
19 - World War I and Beyond - PowerPoint Notes
19 - World War I and Beyond - Scaffold/Guided Notes (Blank and Filled-In)
Activity: World War I in Photos
Viewing Guide: The Century - America's Time (Episode 02 - Shell Shock)