Poison Gas Warfare In WW1

Lungs burning, eyes blurry—chemical weapons cause great destruction. Scholars view a short video analyzing the first use of chemical weapons in World War I. The eighth lesson of a 32-part series on the Great War investigates the legality of chemical weapons and the future of their use. To finish, the class openly discusses the morality of using such weapons. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate a discussion of the use of gas in Syria today with the issue of the legality of chemical warfare: Chemicals in Syria
  • Create a series of questions and have students answer them while viewing the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires proper audio and visual technology equipment

  • Audio and visual learners benefit from the video clip
  • Video length is under 12 minutes, allowing for placement in a WWI unit at teacher discretion 

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