Christmas Truce of 1914 Media Analysis Unit

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This is a cross-curricular unit plan for the Christmas Truce of 1914. This event took place between the British and German troops along the western front trenches in France. It is explained to students using a variety of media types: readings, videos, and songs. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom.

Students will reflect on this significant event which occurred during the First World War. The unit includes four assessments: two reflection writing pieces, one oral presentation, and one creative writing assignment. Assessments can be used for Writing, History and Media Literacy.

Lessons

Lesson 1 – Historical Context

Lesson 2 – Videos + Writing Assessment

Lesson 3 – Online Link to Reader’s Theatre Script + Oral Reading Assessment

Lesson 4 – Letters from the Trenches Creative Writing and Historical Content Assessment

Lesson 5 – Song Lyric Interpretation + Media Literacy Reflection Assessment

Resource Includes:

-Differentiated Unit Plan

-Comprehension Questions

-Oral Presentation Standards Based Rubric (Levels 1 – 4)

-4 Assessments

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*******Regular and Reliable Internet Is Required For This Unit*******

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