Attitudes to war
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
- In pairs, make a list of all the wars that you can think of. Mark those that involved British soldiers.
- 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.)
- 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.