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|Welsh Miners and the Spanish Civil War: Topic Plan|
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|What was the Spanish Civil War?
How did South Wales miners become involved?
(1) Causes of the war;
|Narrative text - sufficient to provide necessary information but concise enough not to ‘get in the
Supported by photographs and map showing main campaigns.
|None – pupils simply read the information.
However, it would be useful to have hyperlinks to a glossary, so that (1) the text can be shortened, and (2) they can manage how much information they want to use.
|Mine of Information and/or other useful websites dealing with e.g. the Spanish Civil War.|
|What were conditions like for soldiers in the International Brigade?
(1) Leaving family/friends;
|Letters - ‘personal’ matters;
|Purpose is to enable the pupils, using the sources and their contextual knowledge, to reconstruct the experience of the volunteers – in order to explain their attitudes and feelings.||Mine of Information and/or other useful websites dealing with e.g. the Spanish Civil War.|
|What was the fighting like?
One man’s war: Will Lloyd of Aberdare
How did Welsh communities support the war effort?
(1) Interpretation of sources;
|Letters – military matters
Focus on those of Will Lloyd;
Articles from Aberdare Leader;
Official government sources;
More detailed map of Jamara campaign;
|Purpose is to enable pupils to interpret and evaluate sources in order to produce an account or answer a question. Plenty of ‘meat’ here. Aberdare leader is hopelessly biased; sections of letters are clearly censored; limited use of individual recounts etc.Q: How useful are these sources for telling us what it was like to fight in the Spanish Civil War?||Mine of Information and/or other useful websites dealing with e.g. the Spanish Civil War.|
|What was achieved?
Pupils use sources to test interpretations of the contribution of the International Brigades.
|Historians’ viewsPrimary sources used elsewhere in the unit.||Pupils are given two competing interpretations of effectiveness of International brigades. Using copy/paste, the ‘attach’ primary sources to one or other interpretation and draw a conclusion||Mine of Information and/or other useful websites dealing with e.g. the Spanish Civil War.|
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