Wikipedia use…

I struggle to understand those who rail against Wikipedia. To me it is one of our greatest achievements as a species and is increasingly indispensable in my teaching. Once again today it came in handy to freshen up the ancient ‘Letter home from the Trenches’ prep. Instead of making it generic each student had a named soldier and was asked to write a letter home referring to the events of the week leading up to a date they were given. Alongside the standard scene-setting sources of mud, rats, corpses, bombs and lice they had to research their soldier. Soldiers names were taken from wikipedia’s list of WWI Victoria Cross awardees, the action that earned the award forming the final event of the week they had to write about. An excellent lesson followed with students competing on behalf of their VC winner to see had been the bravest and it made a rather staid prep come alive. I’ll go on to use the letters, recollected and distributed to different students for an exercise in censorship where they will have to black out offending passages after half term.

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