Instructional Video

King George V in World War 1

King George V ascended to the throne after the long-storied Victorian era. However, as an instructive video shows, he wrestled with defining his role in the context of a world war and complex relationships with the ruling family of Germany. Scholars consider these themes around the ruler of the United Kingdom and in tandem with other profiles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show the video in conjunction with other items in the series to discuss the characteristics of leadership in war time
  • Use as research for a project on key figures of World War I
  • Debate the meaning of patriotism around King George V's relations to the ruling family of Germany
Classroom Considerations
  • Biography extends beyond the war
  • Some background on the ruling families of Europe would be helpful for students, but not necessary
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Biography contextualizes King George V within the royal family and changing roles of the monarchy
  • Video clearly describes the king's web of relationships with other monarchs
  • Closure of the video engages scholars with broader themes of King George V's reign
  • Video is interrupted with embedded advertising
Common Core