Primary HTC concept(s) explored in this activity
Significance guidepost 1
Events, people, or developments have historical significance if they resulted in change.
Significance guidepost 2
Events, people, or developments have historical significance if they are revealing.
Secondary HTC concept(s) explored in this activity
Cause & Consequence guidepost 1
Change is driven by multiple causes, and results in multiple consequences
Students will examine sources that present three different views of WW1 pilots: as flying aces, as intelligence gatherers, and as bombers of civilians.
Students will have to make a judgement about the significance of each of these. What were the purposes for each, and what effects did they have?
Students will be asked to rank the three in order of importance – if only one could be included in a textbook, which do you think should be included?
In this activity, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding that events or people are significant if they reveal something about societal beliefs and values, or if they have resulted in change. Please see The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts (2012) by Peter Seixas and Tom Morton, as well as the Historical Thinking Project website for further ideas for student assessment or to adapt these activities.
Questions posed to students in this activity
Research question: What types of missions did pilots fly in the Great War?
Inquiry question(s): Who is affected by these missions?
Considerations for teachers to introduce in student inquiry
Additional guiding question for students: Why do we know more about the flying aces than the other roles pilots fulfilled?