Soldiers in the trenches during WWI faced some of the harshest conditions imaginable! In this activity, students will explore three websites using QR codes to research and learn more about the horrendous conditions of "trench warfare," and then use their information to create a first-person "postcard" as a WWI soldier who is writing home to a loved one. The instructions ask students to use a variety of sensory information (what do they see, hear, smell, feel and even taste) and strong, descriptive adjectives.
This activity incorporates research, creative writing, and history/social studies concepts. Students are challenged to write what would have been an accurate portrayal of life in the trenches, but they must also be concise, since the space on a postcard is limited.
I created this product for my 8th graders and copied the "postcards" on white card stock. Once we had read the postcards aloud, I hung them in the hallway on my bulletin board. Many other students commented on how realistic the postcards seemed after reading them!! This was a wonderful culmination to our WWI unit. Hope you can use this, too! Thanks for looking. Enjoy! ~Kristy Gross