Lesson on War: resources

I am currently covering the topic of ‘War’ with my 5th years. I spent Monday’s lesson introducing my pupils to the concept of war and enticing their initial reaction to the topic before we began to look at specific facts and important pieces of information. It is always important, I feel, to  research your student’s knowledge and feelings on a topic before beginning to cover it, exploring what it is they know or feel about, and what it is they wish to learn about the topic. It allows one to focus the content on areas where knowledge and understanding is lacking, whilst also approaching the area to their areas of interest.

At the beginning of the lesson, I introduced my pupils to the topic via PowerPoint and informed them that, as per usual, they will give their initial response to the topic in this lesson. To avoid the response ‘Ah Ms/Sir, I don’t have any opinion on it or know anything about it’ (as a means of escaping having to do any work), I advise teachers to show pupils video clips, lyrics, or images associated with the topic in order to aid their writing and to engage them in the topic. At the beginning of my lesson (I have them for a double class) I showed my students the following clips in the following order. I informed the pupils that for the next 25 minutes they were to focus on and get lost in the worlds presented in the video clips. (They worked a treat and I have honestly never seen this class so quiet and interested!!)

As I mentioned, I showed the following clips in the following order:

 

I then handed out my pupils the following handout and informed them that they had 10 minutes to answer the first question. I encouraged the pupils to use the video clips to aid their responses.

 

Name: ______________________________                                                                       Date: ____________________

                                                                                                 War

1) What is your initial response to the topic of ‘War’?

2) With the aid of Edwin Starr’s lyrics, describe what war is all about.

 

 

When the students had completed the first question, I  asked my pupils if they had ever heard of the song ‘War’ by Edwin Starr. Via PowerPoint I explained who Edwin Starr was and informed the pupils that we would first watch the video of the song and that we would then focus on the lyrics (which I gave out after) and explore the purpose and effects of war. (I would HIGHLY recommend this song, students LOVE it and respond really well to it!)

 

I then re-played the song, asking the pupils to follow the lyrics and underline what stands out to them about war. When the song was over, as a class we brainstormed the lyrics the pupils underlined, for example:

  • It means destruction
  • Friend only to the undertaker
  • It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
  • Made him disabled, bitter and mean

 

Lyrics handout: Edwin Starr ‘War’

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What is it good for

Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y’all

War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives

War means tears      ES3_FortHillCemetery1648
To thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives

I said, war, huh
Good God, y’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

War, it ain’t nothing
But a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Ooooh, war
It’s an enemy to all mankind
The point of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die
Aaaaah, war-huh
Good God y’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War, huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y’all
War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War, it’s got one friend
That’s the undertaker
Ooooh, war, has shattered
Many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much to short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days
War can’t give life
It can only take it away

Ooooh, war, huh
Good God y’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Peace, love and understanding
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there’s got to be a better way

Ooooooh, war, huh
Good God y’all
What is it good for
You tell me
Say it, say it, say it, say it

War, huh
Good God y’all
What is it good for
Stand up and shout it
Nothing

 

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