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See this post for 10 ideas on how to use these questions.
- What do you think of when you hear the word “war”?
- What would it be like to live in a country at war?
- Do soldiers get paid the right amount of money?
- Have you ever wanted to join one of the armed forces? If so, which one? If not, why not?
- Is your country involved in any war at the moment? If not, which country might it fight against?
- What’s the difference between a war and a conflict?
- Do you think military service should be
- What do you think are the best and worst things about being a soldier?
- Do you think people will ever stop going to war?
- HG Wells wrote, “If we don’t end war, war will end us.” Do you agree?
- Cicero said, “an unjust peace is better than a just war.” Is this always true?
- Do you know anyone who has fought in a war?
- Is it common for young people in your country to join the armed forces? Why/ Why not?
- How do you honour war veterans in your country? Do you think they should be honoured?
- When might you volunteer to join the armed forces?
- Whatʼs the difference between terrorists and freedom fighters?
- Is there anything you would die for?
- Do you have any friends who serve in the armed forces? How do you feel about it?
- What do you think about women soldiers?
- Who are the most famous military heroes in your country? Do you agree they are heroes?
- Nate Fick: One Bullet Away
- “No Job for a Woman” – opening scene
- Articles of War – Daniel Kanemoto
- The Words that Maketh Murder – PJ Harvey
- War – Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley sings about a war against racism. The lyrics are here.
Interview with Nate Fick, a marine officer who fought in Iraq and wrote a well-known (and well-written) book about it. You can watch the interview here:
Opening scene of a documentary on pioneering female war reporters:
12-minute animated film telling the story of a member of a US bomber crew in World War Two:
Two War Songs
Political song against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and against war in general. Her lyrics are here.
- Conversation: One Bullet Away
Interesting interview with Nate Fick (see “Online Videos“, above), this time with transcript and streaming audio/video files.
- Those Dastardly Iraqis – Stanley Forbes
My brother also has a song against the war in Iraq, and the stereotyping of the US’s enemies, here:
Here are some interesting (and, hopefully, semi-permanent!) online articles and websites I’ve found. Have a look through and see if there’s one that might interest your class. If you have any other suggestions about more sites or articles I could include here, please let me know.
- Robots At War?
The Future of War
Article from the BBC’s “Click” programme looking at possible fighting robots of the future.
- The Son Who Haunted Kipling
The Horrors of War
Fairly short, poignant article about Rudyard Kipling’s guilt over finding a way for his extremely short-sighted son to fight (and die) in the First World War.
- First Editorial Column of the Wipers Times, 1916
The Black Comedy of War
The Guardian profiles this excellent newspaper, produced by British troops in the trenches of Ypres during the First World War. The article includes the Wipers Times’ first editorial column.
- Portraits of War Veterans
Brian David Stevens discusses his portraits, several of which accompany the article.