World War 1 — Did WWI divide or unite local communities?

Case Study Overview

In this unit students ‘create’ a family and community, and then explore how the people involved react to a series of situations that develop during the war. The unit provides a practical classroom-based way of developing knowledge, understanding and empathy while formulating hypotheses that can then be tested in a real local community, or at a state or national level.

Case Study unit of work inquiry structure (pdf)

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Activity 1: Understanding a key concept in forming initial hypotheses
    Understanding the main concept(s) raised in the case study
  • Activity 2: Creating your family
    Forming groups to become different families in wartime
  • Activity 3: Visiting the scene of the events
    Looking at the video segment of this case study and answering questions about it
  • Activity 4: Examining key information
    Responding as a family to 8 wartime situations by considering a variety of evidence
  • Activity 5: Community meeting
    Discussing the nature of wartime family experiences in a community meeting
  • Activity 6: How might the National Museum of Australia represent this historical theme?
    Exploring key objects in the museum which illustrate the case study theme

For Secondary Students

• World War I (1914 - 1918)

Case Study Resources

  • Teacher Guide
  • Print Resources (PDF)
  • Downloadable High Quality Video
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