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Subject: world war I help
Date Posted: 7/23/2008 4:58 PM ET
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Does anyone have any books or websites that they used for the subject of World War I? I am in the process of making a unit study for my son for this fall and could use any help possible, Thanks Michele

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 8:45 AM ET
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It's a lot harder to find stuff for WW I, than WW II. I'm not sure of your son's age, but what I'm recommending is high school level.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/   http://www.firstworldwar.com/  http://www.teacheroz.com/wwi.htm  http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w1frm.htm

Both of these site have book listings. There isn't much out there for younger children. I think it is good to study WWI (although most focus on WW2) as WW2 is really WWI part B

Hope this helps,  Nina

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 8:45 AM ET
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It's a lot harder to find stuff for WW I, than WW II. I'm not sure of your son's age, but what I'm recommending is high school level.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/   http://www.firstworldwar.com/  http://www.teacheroz.com/wwi.htm  http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w1frm.htm

Both of these site have book listings. There isn't much out there for younger children. I think it is good to study WWI (although most focus on WW2) as WW2 is really WWI part B

Hope this helps,  Nina

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 10:20 AM ET
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WOW Thanks a bunch!! I noticed there wasn't much on WW I as well. My son is 11 almost 12 but his level is that of a high schooler so this will be perfect. I am not sure how I am going to go about organizing it all for a unit but those sites are GREAT!!!  I found some stuff at our library but not much. I think we will do a short study on WW I and then go to WW II where there is a lot of info.  It is so nice to come here and find help when you need it!! What a load off my mind thanks again, Michele

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 1:03 PM ET
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sorry about the double post, don't know what happened.

It is interesting that Hitler's experiences in WWI influenced him immensely. "All Quiet in the Western Front" is  typically what is read about this era, but I must warn you to pre-read it. There are some parts that you might want to edit, but it all depends on what you let your kids watch, etc (it's different for every family, but I wanted to give you a heads up). I do think the book is worth reading as it gives a very good view of the horrors of trench warfare. If you decide that those few parts are not for you, you could do what I did - read it aloud and edit on the fly.

I also recommend books by Albert Marrin. He has one on Hitler and one of Stalin (who was worse than Hitler). They are very good, but  WL'd here, perhaps your library has them or can get them via interlibrary loan.

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 10:35 PM ET
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Thanks again. I will look into those books. We are not a family that likes a lot of gore so I will probably end up reading it a loud. I am not sure how far into the horrible things that happened we will end up going but I am not sure yet. We had a chance to see WWII planes today at our local airport, that was really cool. My son got to go inside of two of them. He had a blast learning about them. What a cool thing. Now he is set to learn about the world wars. Thanks so much for your help. MIchele

Subject: Great Historians
Date Posted: 7/25/2008 4:16 PM ET
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May I suggest the John Keegan books The First World War and The Second World War.  These two books by English military historian give a wonderfully practical account of the wars in one volume each.  For your son in particular, I recommend The Military History of WWII by Trevor Nevitt Dupuy, a 18 volume set of short books, 60-12 pages with photos and larger print.  I used that set as the basis for a class on WWII for middle schoolers at my co-op last year.  Both those authors clarify the broad sweep of the wars in short works.

Adrianne

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 9:51 PM ET
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For fiction, I would recommend:

The Singing Tree, by Kate Seredy

No Hero for the Kaiser, by Rudolph Frank

I studied WW1 with my daughter recently, and also had some difficulty in finding material.  I definitely second the Albert Marrin books.  DD read Stalin and The Yanks Are Coming and learned alot from both.

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 10:28 PM ET
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How old was your DD? What kinds of things did you do? Just read or did you do some other sort of work? I am still trying to figure out what all we are doing.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:46 AM ET
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I like timelines. This is what we did for a different time period. I had a list of events I wanted them to know. Using WWI as an example, I would pick major events in the war, as well as other trends like art (it was Art Nouveau/Art Deco), music, sports, inventions, important people. I also included what was happening in our family (who was born/died/married).

I found pictures on the internet (no bigger than 3X5), using Microsoft Word put captions, covered them with clear laminating plastic (from Walmart), hotglued a hook of some kind (I used a untwisted paperclip) and hung them on fishing line.  For a different era, I made timeline pages and they glued things on the pages .I did this for a 20th century history class I helped in for a co-op. You can make stickers for this type of timeline by using printer labels.

You can explore the art of the time, the music of the time (there were some tunes that we know today that were inspired/used during the War. You can have him read and write about famous people of the time, like Manfred von Richthofen (the red baron).

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 9:22 AM ET
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Here is a World War 1 Lesson Plan

Perhaps not necessarily for your sons veiwing, but a good movie from PBS Masterpiece Theater is My Boy Jack based on a true story.

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 11:21 AM ET
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bbc.co.uk has wonderful history resources for children and education

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 12:35 PM ET
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My DD is 15, and we were doing Beautiful Feet history curriculum, but I supplemented it with some of my own stuff.  She does pretty much everything on her own and just reads the books.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 10:09 AM ET
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This group is GREAT!! Thanks so much. I haven't looked at all the resources yet but WOW what great books are out there. My ds is really looking forward to it. We have to get though Mark Twain and the Olympics first. I have found that I really enjoy the Unit studies a lot. I didn't know you could get so many different subject out of a unit before. We are getting ready to make a huge progressive time line for our school year, I want to have him  write  down interesting facts from the different subjects we  study and then put them in envelope like things and place them year by year or really probably by ten year increments so we can see how everything flows together. Again thanks a bunch for all the help. Michele

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 3:02 PM ET
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Just a note for older girls. In Pollyanna of the Orange Blossoms (book 3 in the series), Pollyanna's Jimmy has to go to WWI. Has some nice homefront stuff. The later Ployannas I really recommend for older girls.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 11:02 AM ET
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Also I don't know if any of you know about the Young Indiania Jones series of DVD's. They start out as Indy is a young boy about 9 and go into his teen and young adult life. The ones called Young Indiana Jones The War Years focuses on WW I. After the Adventure they have documentories about events and people the episode was about. They are really nice DVD's. We watch them just for fun.