In reflecting upon WWI, the famous philosopher George Santayana once said, "Only the dead have seen the end of war." Indeed, many American Doughboys, British Tommies, and other soldiers who survived "The Great War" would continue to live with the physical and psychological effects of that conflict for decades to come. With this lesson, students will examine how WWI resulted in horrific injuries that challenged both combatants and medical professionals.
In this lesson students will:
1) Start with a Bell Ringer that has them brainstorming reasons why warfare is often unpopular.
2) Analyze a historic photo depicting the soggy, filthy conditions of trenches and watching a video clip about trenchfoot and the medical challenge it presented.
3) Analyze a historic photo showing soldiers wearing odd looking gas masks and subsequently read a primary source account of a soldier surviving a mustard gas attack.
4) Analyze a historic photo displaying a bomb blasting right in front of a trench and, in turn, watch a video clip about traumatic facial injuries sustained by soldiers and read an article about the prevalence of shell shock in WWI.
5) Finish with an exit ticket that has them evaluating which medical issue (trenchfoot, gas poisoning, traumatic facial injury, or shell shock) would have been the worst to endure as a WWI veteran.
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