Attitudes to war

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Stephen Mitchell
Attitudes to war
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Key stage
Poetry: Anthology poetry
Resource type
Student activity
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Charge of the Light Brigade

A series of engaging questions and research tasks to get students to consider their views about war and think about the job of being a soldier.

Includes a word development task as a useful pre-reading resource for students studying Tennyson's poem, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. 


Example tasks from the resource: 

What are your views?

War in general

  1. In pairs, make a list of all the wars that you can think of. Mark those that involved British soldiers.
  2. Do you think there are any wars British soldiers should, or should not, have fought in? Prepare a short oral presentation that argues for or against Britain’s involvement in a particular war. (It could still be taking place.)
  3. Imagine you have been asked to write a letter to a parliamentary committee that is looking at young people’s attitudes to war. The politicians want to know what teenagers think. Your letter should be a set out as a formal letter and should use appropriate language. You might like to consider the following:
  • the cost to the country
  • what can be achieved by war
  • what cannot be achieved by war
  • the effects on the soldiers and their families
  • alternatives to war.

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