Does your textbook talk about the Christmas Truce of 1914? On the first Christmas of World War I, British and German soldiers spontaneously agreed to a ceasefire. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even played some soccer games in the middle of No Man's Land!
This is a simple assignment that can be done within 1 class period or assigned as homework. It's a short reading of a primary source account of the spontaneous ceasefires that popped up on Christmas in 1914. I found two sources discussing this incredible event, one from a rank-and-file soldier and another from a general in the British army.
There is a short introduction for context, followed by the personal account, followed by 10 questions of varied difficulty.
KEYWORDS: World War I; WWI; Christmas; Christmas Truce; Trench Warfare; Trenches; Christmas in the Trenches; European History; US History; History; World History; Primary Source; Primary Sources; DBQ; Document Based Questions; DBQs;