A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

While many can identify Ernest Hemingway's famous works, they may be unaware of his service during World War I and how that affected his literary contributions. An video details Hemingway's service in World War I and explains events and relationships that influenced his work. The video also offers a brief summary of Hemingway's life after his military service. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a homework assignment/flipped classroom assignment to establish a background on Hemingway
  • Ask scholars to compare the biographical information and to works of literature by Hemingway to see how the war may have influenced his work
  • Lead a Socractic seminar around themes of art, war, and how personal biography affects fictional works
Classroom Considerations

  • Discussion of a potential sexual relationship
  • A broader understanding of World War I is beneficial
Pros

  • Makes comparisons between literature and historical events
  • Intriguing images stimulate individuals' historical imaginations
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