It challenges some of the common misconceptions that seem to have become widespread about trench warfare.
At the centre of the enquiry is the diary of soldier Charlie Byrne. He fought in a number of key conflicts on the Western Front before publishing his memoirs many years later.
Students engage with extracts from Byrne’s diary, using this as evidence to counter (and substantiate) misconceptions about trench life.
A recall activity helps students to consolidate their new knowledge, before students are tasked with writing a blog post with an accurate account of life on the Western Front.
- Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
- Lesson write-up: PDF
- Resource 1: PDF
- Worksheet 1: PDF