The Great Explorer - Ernest Shackleton

How different would the world look if you returned after two years off the grid? Historians analyze Ernest Shackleton's trip to Antarctica during the Great War. They watch a short Who Did What in WWI? video explaining Shackleton's trip and the stunning realization that millions perished while he was out of touch. The investigation brings to light the concept of exploration on one hand—and vast devastation on the other. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a series of questions for students to address while they watch the video
  • Assign a short reading on Earnest Shackleton as a preview to the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Scholars must have a computer and online access to view the video at home

  • Audio and visual learners benefit from the video lesson 
  • Resource provides primary source political cartoons and photographs for analysis

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