Hero or Burden? - King Constantine I of Greece

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Was King Constantine I the savior of Greece? A soldier before a king? A German sympathizer? A supporter of neutrality? King Constantine I—twice installed upon Greece's throne—reflects his small country's struggles during the Great War. An engaging video biography examines the complicated history of the Greek leader and sets up a lively class discussion or debate about his legacy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with the video on the political situation in Greece during World War I to discuss the concept of neutrality in the alliance system
  • Offer the video as research into the key figures of World War I
Classroom Considerations

  • Picture of a dead King Constantine I in his casket may make the video unsuitable for some learners
  • Some background knowledge on the alliances of World War I is helpful but not required
Pros

  • Intriguing videos and pictures stimulate learners' curiosity
  • Pairing with other videos in the Who Did What in WW1? series helps pupils compare and contrast leadership styles
Cons

  • Can be pedantic and lose some learners
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