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Engage your students in developing historical empathy regarding the experience of those fighting and living near the front during World War I with the use of historical photographs. Using a gallery walk format, students will examine both the causes and effects of the devastation experienced during World War I; these include topics like technology, trench warfare, and outdated methods of war. Lesson includes a pre-walk photograph analysis exercise to foster brainstorming about attitudes before and after the war, 18 photograph placards, a student data retrieval chart for photograph analysis, a teacher lesson plan with questions to promote critical thinking for each photo, and an exit ticket activity, which involves students using what they learned to imagine that they are a Red Cross volunteer writing home to share what they have witnessed. To help structure the gallery walk, students utilize a provided scaffold to guide their thinking in answering the provided essential question. The exit ticket includes a rubric for easy grading. This is a great lesson to engage your students in thinking about World War I along with its destructive impact and to promote visual literacy!
Want to incorporate propaganda into your study of World War I? Check out our lesson plan on the American home front "Evaluating American World War I Propaganda."