The Author of All Quiet on The Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

considered one of the great anti-war novels, All Quiet on the Western Front details the experiences of Erich Maria Remarque on the German front. In addition, Remarque collected stories from other soldiers to paint a picture of the despair those who survived the war felt. Ask your budding historians to consider the effects the Great War had on the Lost Generation by examining Remarque's story. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils view video for background information before reading All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Engage learners in a discussion of the anti-war themes illustrated in the video
Classroom Considerations
  • One portion of the Who Did What in World War I? video biography series
  • Pictures of dead soldiers and other war casualties may be unsuitable for some students
  • Spoilers for the novel in the video
  • Balances summary of the novel with historical context and biographical detail
  • Engaging narrator and photographs hold the class's interest
  • Provides background information for pupils who have not read the work 
  • Video does not excerpt the book or present Remarque's writing
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