Shell Shock - The Psychological Scars of World War 1

Scholars analyze the mental impact war had on some fighters in the 11th lesson of a 32-part series on World War I. Viewing a short video clip, they investigate the nature of psychological disorders of soldiers who survived the Great War only to have lasting psychological damage.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson with a reading from the Smithsonian on WWI shell shock
  • Examine the observations made by the American Psychological Association on the validity of shell shock: Psychological Shell Shock
Classroom Considerations

  • Psychological topics can be sensitive to some students who may have issues such as depression
Pros

  • Audio and visual learners benefit from the video 
  • Resource contains primary source video clips from World War I
Cons

  • None