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Guthriegabs: 1914-1918, World War I History & Soldier’s Poetry of the Great War

This ongoing history class combines World War I facts with poetry writing over 8 classes. Each class begins with a mini-lesson on WWI events and a poetry style. Students will write their own poems in class.
Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
346 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Fri Aug 19

Meets Once per week
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Next on Wed Sep 14

Meets Once per week
5pm - 6pm
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Class Experience

NCSS.D2.His.1.9-12. Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.

NCSS.D2.His.2.9-12. Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.

NCSS.D2.His.3.9-12. Use questions generated about individuals and groups to assess how the significance of their actions changes over time and is shaped by the historical context.

NCSS.D2.His.12.9-12. Use questions generated about multiple historical sources to pursue further inquiry and investigate additional sources.

NCSS.D2.His.14.9-12. Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.

NCSS.D2.His.15.9-12. Distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events in developing a historical argument.

NCSS.D2.His.16.9-12. Integrate evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations into a reasoned argument about the past.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
I have taught middle school world history and writing for over 15 years. I was the lead history teacher at my school and I have been named Writing Teacher of the Year for my school two times. I believe the best way to learn about history is by learning about it from the individual stories that can be told. 
I have also had the opportunity to walk in the trenches of Pacchenade, Ypres, the Somme valley, and Belleau Woods. I have been to Flanders Field and the Pool of Peace in Belgium. I have seen the damage of war that remains over 100 years later. My husband's grandfather fought in WWI and I have his stories to pass along. 
Students are encouraged to complete and edit their poems that they began in the classroom before posting to the classroom for teacher comments. 
Notebook or paper and pen for each class. A small notebook to record the notes about history on one page and writing the poem on the facing page is the best method for success. A thesaurus is recommended for use when writing. *Computer thesaurus' are good to use if it can be used during the class time.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Informal assessment during class.
Teacher assessment of the completed poem. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This is both a writing and a history class. Students will learn about key events and technology of World War I. World War I cannot be discussed without talking about the realities of the war: the trenches, death, gassing, injuries, and longing for home. 
All references to the war are discussed from the human point of view, seen from the soldier's point of view...sometimes their point of view was of glory and other times their point of view was one of despair. 
Imperial war museum,
national archives
Flanders Field Museum 


Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed.
346 total reviews
443 completed classes

About Me

I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

 I speak French and love to travel to countries where I can immerse... 
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