This bundle contains three discounted products that will help you introduce the historical context for World War I poetry, teach poems by four major authors, and solidify students' understanding with a cumulative assignment. Products contained in this bundle:
1. Introductory PowerPoint:
This 8-slide PowerPoint presentation is an introduction to a World War I poetry unit. It includes:
- Background about how Britain got involved in World War I
- Context for the propaganda that eventually led to the disillusionment expressed in the poetry
- Information about the World War I poets: Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Jessie Pope, and Helen Hamilton
A fill-in-the-blank version for students to take notes is also included in this product.
2. Poems and Reading Questions (with Key)
These poems and questions help students understand the agony that soldiers experienced during World War I and also the conflicting opinions of that civilians expressed about Britain's involvement in the war. This packet has:
- Introductory questions for students to consider their opinions about the meaning of patriotism
- Questions for an online slideshow of World War I propaganda posters (link included)
- A chart that prompts students to compare the literary devices and messages of the Rupert Brooke's patriotic poem "The Soldier" to Wilfred Owen's realistic, graphic poem "Dulce et Decorum Est"
- Questions for "Socks" and "War Girls" by propaganda poet Jessie Pope
- Questions for "The Jingo Woman" by anti-war poet Helen Hamilton
- Questions for Wilfred Owen's "Disabled"
The text of the poems are included too.
3. Cumulative Creative Writing Assignment
This is a creative writing assignment to be used at the end of a World War I poetry unit. It is inspired by the "RAFT" (Role, Audience, Form, Topic) method and is designed to help students understand the perspectives of the people who fought and/or lived during World War I.
Students can choose to write from one of five perspectives: anti-war soldier/poets Wilfred Owen, pro-war poet/soldier Rupert Brooke, propagandist poet Jessie Pope, war protester Helen Hamilton, or an English civilian. The five detailed prompts explain to students who their audience is, what genre of writing they're doing (like a letter to the editor, journal entry, etc.), and their topic. The reverse includes a basic pre-writing graphic organizer.
This assignment is adaptable and allows students to work with their own topics. I have always been impressed by how students have taken this assignment seriously. It is an authentic way for them to relate to the poetry of World War I.
I also sell these three products separately:
World War I Poetry Question Packet
World War I Poetry Intro PowerPoint
World War I Poetry-Inspired Creative Writing Assignment
...but considering that they build on one another, save time and money and buy this discounted bundle!