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Enquiry 7: Activity Sheet
Activity A
Read Ada McGuire's letters and the What is the Home Front? article.
What dangers and hardships did civilians face during the war?
Activity B
Read the Work and Labour article.
How did war change the lives of workers?
Activity C
  1. What changes would Ada McGuire have noticed in Britain between 1914 and 1918?
    Make 2 lists - one of things that would have changed the other of things that stayed the same.
  2. Which change do you think she would have thought was the most significant?
  3. Write a letter from Ada McGuire to her brother in 1918 in which she explains the changes that have taken place whilst he has been away fighting.
Activity D
Read the Women at War article.
  1. To what extent did the role of women change during the course of the war?
  2. How significant was the contribution that women made to the war effort?
  3. Write a letter to a newspaper in 1918 explaining why women should receive credit for the role that they played in the war and why they should receive the vote.
  4. Explain how women's support for the war effort helped them gain the vote.
Activity E
  1. Read the Interpretation: Lusitania article.
    (a) How would a German politician defend the sinking of the Lusitania?
    (b) Why did Britain think Germany was wrong to sink the Lusitania?
  2. What impact did the sinking of the Lusitania have on:
    (a) British public opinion?
    (b) American public opinion?
Extension Activity
The role that women played in the First World War helped them gain the vote. Was this factor more important than:
  • the peaceful campaigns of the Suffragists
  • the more militant campaigns of the suffragettes?
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