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Great Escape

Viewing Ideas

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Before Watching

  1. Review with students the basic facts of World War II, including the Allied and Axis players, major battle sites and victories, and time line of events. Find more information at www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/index.shtml

  2. Have students use an atlas to locate the site of Stalag Luft 3, which resided in the town of Sagan, on the western border of Poland about 200 kilometers southeast of Berlin. Find a map at www.um.zagan.pl/index. php?id=75&lng=eng

  3. Ask students what kinds of character traits they think a person would need to survive as a prisoner of war. Create a list of the traits on the board. Organize students into three groups. As they watch, have each group take notes on one of the following: how the men were organized, what materials they used, and what character traits they exhibited throughout their imprisonment and attempted escape.

After Watching

  1. Revisit students' notes about the program. How did the group organize itself ?What materials did they use to excavate the tunnel? What traits did they exhibit that helped them survive and plan an escape? How did the traits men had com- pare to what students thought someone would need to survive? Do students think that the low chance of success and fatal consequences made the effort worthwhile? Why or why not?

  2. Ask students to consider times when they have had to work as a team to solve a problem. What was the problem? How did the team organize itself to solve the problem? What tools and ideas were used? How was creative thinking fostered?

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