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Pick Life Stories to investigate and download the Powerpoint containing primary sources relating to that person.
Take a look at our suggested activities to try with your class, as well as other IWM resources that relate to the theme.
Use Lives of the First World War to research names on your local war memorial - this could be a school memorial to former pupils, or a town or community monument.
We have selected Life Stories connected to this theme. Download the pack of sources connected to the Life Story.
1. Use the facts, images, evidence and stories on Life Story pages to compare and contrast individual experiences - think about similarities and differences between these people’s lives.
2. Study one of the primary sources in detail. When was it written, and for what purpose? What does it tell you about the person’s Life Story? Pick out details about their age, background and family. How does this information relate to their wartime experiences?
3. Create a mini exhibition based on one person’s story. Select three sources from the person’s Life Story page, and create a title and theme for the exhibition.
4. Encourage creative responses inspired by a Life Story, such as poetry, letters, art, drama, music, or dance.
Learn about some of the challenges faced by people serving in different parts of the world
Use these sources to learn more about the experience of fighting in the trenches
Browse and download high resolution images from IWM Collections
Play sound clips from IWM’s collection of interviews with men who took part in raids on enemy trenches
Hear personal accounts of what life was like in the trenches
Listen to the testimonies of men who served with the artillery
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It is a really engaging way to teach historical interpretation. A fantastic resource!