War and Family

This is a quick activity to connect students to how war might affect family and loved ones. Students will warm-up with discussion about their own family, watch a short World War I film about Private Ralph E. Weiler and his sister, and then answer and discuss follow-up questions.

Guiding Questions

  • How does war affect the one who is leaving his family and how does it affect those left behind?

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Synthesize information from the written narrative, maps, and statistics of the ABMC Blue Book to build an argument about the United States’ contribution to World War I.
  • Create an infographic using the web application Piktochart


  • 5 minute warm-up for students: List three things that are fun/ exciting/interesting about you and your family.
  • Ask the students to share the three items with their neighbors if they so wish.
  • Students watch the short film “Out of Isolation.”
  • Students answer the following questions on a sheet of paper:
    • How would you feel if you were Catherine and your
      brother was leaving for war?
    • How would you feel if you were Ralph and you were
      leaving your family to go to a foreign country to fight?
  • Students share and discuss their reflections.


Assess students based on their class discussion.


There is a version of the short film in French. This could be used as a cross-curricular activity

Materials Needed

Projector and computer to show film

Out of Isolation short film