This short, fun activity was designed specifically for the holiday period. Consisting solely of a presentation and notes to accompany the presentation (teacher’s guide), it creates no extra work for either the teacher or students.
The presentation starts with a very short film depicting the Christmas Truce of 1914. Students can watch the video in class or on their own on Youtube.
The presentation then tells the story of the truce through museum artifacts and eye-witness testimony, thereby confirming or debunking various aspects of the film. Students know not to trust everything they see on their screens; they’ll be amazed to know that the real story is even better than the film.
Want to use the activity after the holiday break for distance teaching? Ask students to watch the video on their own over the holidays, to reflect on the discussion questions from slide two and to come up with their own questions. Then use screen-sharing to show the presentation and to answer students’ questions.
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