57 Objective Questions and 10 Essay/Discussion/Project Prompts designed to accompany the video Nova: Zeppelin Terror Attack
I BELIEVE IN GIVING TEACHERS CHOICES SO THEY CAN DIFFERENTIATE LEARNING AS NEEDED
Therefore, all of the 57 objective questions are presented in four different ways:
---As multiple choice items in a reusable format (the same printed worksheet can be used multiple times)
---As multiple choice items in a consumable format (students write on the worksheets and use them up)
---As free response items in a reusable format
---As free response items in a consumable format
I like to think of the multiple choice format as the "easy" level and the free answer format as the "advanced" level.
A full answer key is included for both the easy and advanced levels of the objective questions.
I BELIEVE IN CRITICAL THINKING
That's why my Video Teaching Packet for Nova: Zeppelin Terror Attack also includes a "Level III," which consists of subjective prompts that teachers can use as essay topics, discussion starters, or student project guidance.
ABOUT THE VIDEO: NOVA: ZEPPELIN TERROR ATTACK
If you've seen this episode of Nova already, you know how skillfully it combines solid history information with a compelling narrative that will get students interested in that very history. If you haven't seen it, just run a Google search of the title to find sites where you may be able to find it as a streaming video. Some PBS titles are also available on services such as Netflix. If you prefer not to use streaming video to show it in class, you can look for it in DVD format at www.pbs.org. It may also be playing on your local PBS station -- just check the listings for the Nova series.
WHY ZEPPELIN TERROR ATTACK IS A GREAT MATCH FOR WORLD OR EUROPEAN HISTORY CLASSES
Nova is an acclaimed PBS series that concentrates on topics of both scientific and historical interest. The Zeppelin Terror Attack episodes runs very nearly an hour in length and explores in detail the German use of zeppelins against Great Britain during World War I. Raining down "death from the air," zeppelins were used to bomb major British cities. The video does an excellent job of teaching students about how WWI was transformed into a "total war" in which civilians, not just front-line soldiers, began to be regarded as legitimate targets to attack. It also fascinates my students every time I show it. This is because Nova's focus on the "how" of warfare skillfully draws the students into learning about the why, when, what, and where elements of the story as well.
THE OFFICIAL PBS SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO:
"In the early days of World War I, Germany, determined to bring its British enemies to their knees, launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing civilians from the sky. But the aircraft delivering the lethal payloads weren’t planes. They were Zeppelins, enormous airships, some the length of two football fields. With a team of engineers, explosives experts, and historians, NOVA investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines. "Zeppelin Terror Attack" explores the technological arms race that unfolded as Britain desperately scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins. Why were these German monsters of the sky, filled with highly flammable hydrogen gas, so difficult to shoot down? How were their massive gas bags pieced together from the intestines of millions of cows? Experts reconstruct and detonate deadly WWI incendiary bombs and test fire antique flaming bullets, all to discover how the British came up with the unique artillery that would finally take down the biggest flying machines ever made."
I hope you find this resource useful and that Zeppelin Terror Attack can provide you and your classes with a fun and accessible way to "get into" the mood that prevailed in Germany and Britain during World War I.
I look forward to hearing what you think of the video and the worksheets.
keywords: World War I, WWI, Great War, First World War, blimp warfare, total war, zeppelins, aerial bombing, attacks on civilians, human rights abuses, home defense league, Peter Strasser