Historic Newspapers are offering free teaching packs in order to help students discover the cause and consequences of the First World War beginning with the Autumn Offensive in 1915. The pack brings together a series of enlightening articles and newspaper front covers from the ‘Daily Sketch’ and ‘The Star’ to reflect how this major event was viewed and interpreted by reporters at the time.
This fascinating resource could be drawn upon by History teachers exploring the role of propaganda in maintaining public morale and encouraging a constant flow of war recruits. However, it could also support GCSE and A Level English teachers who are planning a scheme of work on non-fiction texts, persuasive language and/or language change, and would like to make engaging links to the upcoming centenary in lessons. As a former secondary English teacher, I was particularly attracted to the charming Maypole Margarine advert on page 7 with its interesting register and gender references, and there are plenty of other stories like this to unpack and discuss with your class.
Hard copies of the teaching packs are currently available to schools, universities, libraries and accredited education establishments, and individual PDF files can be ordered if digital format is preferred. Enquiries should be sent to Thomas Walker from Historic Newspapers at: Thomas.Walker@historic-newspapers.co.uk.
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