The Unknown Warrior 100 Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 November 2020 > Celebrate Shine Bright Lycée

The First World War was so devastating, countries were at a loss to know how to commemorate their dead. A hundred years ago, two years after the Armistice, Britain’s King George V inaugurated the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Cathedral, to honour all the anonymous fallen. Although the war had mobilised vast numbers … Continue reading “The Unknown Warrior 100 Years On”

Centennial of Suffrage

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 29 July 2020 > Celebrate

In 1920, almost 150 years after the United States declared that “all men are created equal,” American women got the right to vote… 27 years after women in New Zealand did. American suffragists worked for almost 80 years to obtain that right. And there’s still work to do today. As is often the case in … Continue reading “Centennial of Suffrage”

1917

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 January 2020 >

The new World War I drama from director Sam Mendes, 1917, unfolds in real-time, tracking a pair of British soldiers as they cross the Western Front on a desperate rescue mission. Soldiers Blake and Schofield  must travel nine miles across the treacherous war zone to deliver orders to stop a regiment attacking enemy lines within … Continue reading “1917”

Your Students Have Talent: War Will Not Tear Us Apart

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 10 October 2019 > Pedagogy Shine Bright Lycée

We always love to read students’ work. Here are some poems pupils wrote as their final task in a sequence from Shine Bright LLCER:  File 5 War Will Not Tear Us Apart. In this sequence for Première LLCER,  in  the theme Rencontres Axe 1  L’amour et l’amitié, students considered how World War I intensified human … Continue reading “Your Students Have Talent: War Will Not Tear Us Apart”

WWI: They Shall Not Grow Old

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 10 July 2019 >

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Peter Jackson has restored old black-and-white archive footage of British servicemen’s life in the trenches. “They Shall Not Grow Old” takes its title from a 1914 poem and this resource fits perfectly into Shine Bright 1re Advanced File 2: “War will Not Tear … Continue reading “WWI: They Shall Not Grow Old”

Tolkien, War and Fellowship

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 June 2019 >

The trailer for the biopic Tolkien is perfect to add to Shine Bright 1re Advanced File 2 “War will not tear us apart” or File 1 “Biopics in Hollywood”. It draws parallels between Tolkien’s childhood friendships and love, his experience of World War I and his later heroic fantasy novels The Hobbit and Lord of … Continue reading “Tolkien, War and Fellowship”

ANZAC Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 24 April 2019 > Celebrate Shine Bright Lycée

While most countries involved in World War I commemorate those who served in that and later wars on 11 November, the date the War ended, in Australia and New Zealand, the main commemoration is ANZAC Day, 25 April, the day in 1915 when their servicemen first saw action, in the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign. When Britain … Continue reading “ANZAC Day”