Lessonplan in Englishfor secondary school purpose (on the analysis of the WWIsoldiers’diaries/memoirs)
withinthe Erasmus+ project→TransformingEurope:WWIand Its Consequences1918 – 2018
→ to enable studentsto revise the general information about WWI
→ to bring studentscloserto the WWIsoldiers’experience
→ to make studentspractise readingcomprehension,literaryanalysis
→ to make studentsrevise the characteristic featuresofdiaries/memoirs(alternatively- letters)
I Students briefly researchthe topicof WWIin orderto revise itshistorical &social background. Theyworkonline.
Theyare dividedinto3groups,one doesthe researchonthe beginningsandcausesof WWI, secondrevisesthe
course of majorevents,thirdlearns aboutthe endingof the worldconflictanditsconsequences.Theyworkin
groupsfor 10 minutesandthen,for5 minutes, theygetpreparedforthe presentationof theirsearchresults.Each
presentationlastsnomore than5 minutes.
II Studentsworkindividually for10minutes.Theyreadabout the soldier'sexperience inWorldWarOne.The taskis
aimedat bringingthe studentsclosertounderstandingsoldiers’situationatthe front,intrenches,farfromtheir
IIIStudentsare dividedinto4groups.The followingfourpiecesof diaries/memoirsare assigned- one parttoeach
group.Theyread for25 minutes and
a) jotdown the characteristics of a diary as a texttype
b) analyse the writer’sstyle inregardsto tone,word choice, figuresof speech(figurative language),
words/expressionsreferringtothe senses (sensorydetails)
c) identify charactertraits & changesin character, attitude
d) take downtheirreflections,impressions,observations,conclusions
The Diariesof Robert Lindsay Mackay
The Diary of Thomas FredrickLittler
WilliamBernard Whitmore:England& The Somme 1915-16
The Diary of Edwin Evan Jones
IV Theycompare & complete the notesin theirgroupsfor5-10 minutes andshare theirfindings inthe openforum.
Afterthe presentations,students mayshare theirthoughtsaboutthe topic,diaries,reading.
Prose & Poetry
Love Lettersfrom the Front