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World History-Chapter 13: Life in the Trenches (WWI) Simulation



“Life in the Trenches” During World War I

World History

As we study the warfare that occurred during World War I, you might wonder to yourself, “What would it have been like to fight in World War I?” In order to help us answer that question, over the next few days you are going to ‘virtually experience’ World War I as a fighter in two ways:


  1. We will spend one day in the computer lab doing a “Life in the Trenches” simulation on the internet. As you do the simulation you will be answering pre-assigned questions.




  1. After completing the simulation you will write an essay detailing what life in the trenches was like as though you were there.


The combination of these two parts will make up a test grade. See below for more details.


Part I: “Life in the Trenches”---World War I Simulation





  1. Getting to the Trench Site:

  • go to http://www.google.com

  • in the search box, enter in the following phrase: Life in the Trenches Simulation

  • google will show you a list of possibilities, and you should click on the first option: Life in the Trenches During World War One: Interactive Simulation...the website is http://www.activehistory.co.uk/games/trenches/frameset.htm




  1. Once you are on the website, read the opening screen, then when you are ready to play the game click on ‘start the game’ at the bottom of the screen.




  1. AS YOU EXPERIENCE THE SIMULATION, ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ON THE 3-PAGE WORKSHEET. TO DO THIS, CLICK ON THE UNDERLINED WORDS AND PHRASES TO GET DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THAT ISSUE.




  1. Once you have completed the “Life in the Trenches Simulation” you will be ready to write your essay (SEE OTHER SIDE).

***SEE OTHER SIDE FOR PART II OF THIS ASSIGNMENT


Part II: “Life in the Trenches” Essay

Now that you’ve experienced “Life in the Trenches” during World War I you are ready to write an essay about it.


Using your textbook (Chapter 12, Section 2) and notes from the simulation, you will write an essay (1-2 pages double-spaced typed ) detailing what “Life in the Trenches” was like—AS THOUGH YOU WERE THERE. In other words, you are writing from your perspective as though you were a World War I soldier in the trenches. That means you will be using words like ‘I’, ‘me,’ ‘we’ and ‘they.’ Your essay needs to include the following (A, B, C, and D):
A. Create a cover, which must have a picture and a quote.
B. _____The beginning must include an introduction to World War I and a general overview of what the rest of the essay is going to be about.



  1. The body of your essay (middle) needs to include AT LEAST 6 OF THE FOLLOWING 11 ELEMENTS, MAKING SURE TO BE DETAILED AND USE EXAMPLES : Which front, country, year, battle, etc.



_____1. Why you joined the military
_____2. Why trenches were used in WWI
_____3. What the trenches were like that you were in
_____4. What equipment you had in the trenches and what it was used for
_____5. What your job was in the trench when you weren't fighting
_____6. Positive experiences you had in the trenches
_____7. Negative experiences you had in the trenches
_____8. Rules you had to observe in the trenches
_____9. How the trenches were part of military strategy
_____ 10. What happened to you during the war (Were you injured? Who did you kill? Who did you see killed? Were you killed?)
_____11. What long term effects fighting in the war had on you and your family


  1. _____ The end of the essay must discuss, from your perspective as a fighter in World War I, what results trench warfare had on World War I ). In other words, did trench warfare cause a shorter or longer war for you, less or more bloody war for you, etc. and WHY? Also, after having been a trench warfare fighter, would you recommend trenches to military planners in future wars? Why or why not? Include picture.

**THIS IS A CREATIVE ASSIGNMENT, BUT YOU MUST ALSO STICK TO THE FACTS!


**REMEMBER, YOU MUST TURN IN BOTH THE 3-PAGE SIMULATION WORKSHEET AND THE ESSAY TO GET FULL CREDIT FOR THIS TEST.


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