Prisoners of War During World War 1

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How did prisoners of war survive, cramped together in dirty conditions for weeks, months, or even years? Learners examine prisoners of war through a short video clip during the 12th segment of a 32-part unit on the impact of the Great War. They analyze life in captivity waiting for the time when the war will end, and soldiers will be sent back home. They examine the food, boredom, forced labor, and abuse sustained by World War I prisoners. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by examining the current rules of the Geneva Convention of 1950 on the treatment of prisoners
  • Create a series of questions for students to answer during the video clip
Classroom Considerations

  • Classroom should have audio and video technology
Pros

  • Video lesson is 10 minutes, making it easy to incorporate into any WWI unit
  • Uses primary source photography from WWI
Cons

  • None