First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Resources for Teachers: Key Stage 5

In this area you can find First World War teaching and learning resources for key stage 5 (16 - 18 years). The resources listed on this website are available for inclusion within your teaching, LA websites, school websites or learning platforms and other external services with reference to the author and a link to the First World War Poetry Digital Archive. For further information see the permitted use section.

The Great War Poets: Connections

Image of connections mind map

This mindmap helps students explore the relationships between the poets, how they were connected, and who they knew. An interactive version of the mindmap can be launched using the free Mindmapping software VUE, or viewed statically as an html page or jpeg/png image.

When I'm Killed by Robert Graves

Image of When I'm Killed mindmap

Here, students are asked to explore secondary source material then place two manuscript variants of Robert Graves' poem 'When I'm Killed' in the order they were written in.

Who's to blame?

Word Cloud

Introduces pupils to various sources that explore the theme of culpability. Suitable for A2 English Literature Synoptic (AQA Unit 6).


Photograph of Vera Brittain

Focusing on the poems 'Perhaps' by Vera Brittain and 'Lamplight' by Mary West-Cannon Cannan, this PowerPoint explores the theme of loss in First World War Literature. Suitable for A2 English Literature Synoptic (AQA Unit 6).

Welsh Poet Hedd Wyn

Photograph of Hedd Wyn

These resources provides context for those studying the craft of the film-maker (for the film 'Hedd Wyn' - a set work for study at the Welsh Second Language exam at AS level). Contains teacher powerpoints, notes, images, essay questions, student workbooks and an online path.