The Battle of the Somme was a definitive campaign of the First World War. Unprecedented casualties resulted from intense trench warfare and new military technologies. In this lesson, students analyze and compare three different accounts of the battle’s first day -- one from a British journalist who paints a rosy picture of the Allied offensive and two from combatants that provide starkly different portraits of the event.

[Teacher Materials, Student Materials, and Original Documents updated 5/13/15.]


Great lesson! Do some information about war propaganda and these documents fit perfectly. Bit of a stretch, but my classes got into how cable news channels today has biases, especially in election season.
Thank you for this lesson. The documents sparked an outstanding class discussion in which students challenged each other's thinking while using textual evidence to support their claims and interpretations.
This is a really neat lesson. I think this lesson needs to begin with a discussion about how an army "wins" a battle or war. Students have to define what winning the battle might look like before they could deal with that question. The documents are really great.
I just discovered the work you do. It's just amazing! The documents are very relevant. Congratulations!
This lesson provided great discussion on why people write what they do and how events change because of point of view. For the assessment I used the three documents and gave them a 25-minute timed writing response to the prompt. This worked great.
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