High School Resource
For this activity, read ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen to the students.
Free write: Give students a couple of minutes to write down personal reaction to the poem’s content. Large group, volunteer sharing is recommended as a means to scaffolding and tapping into one’s schema.
The following questions can be used as a guided class discussion or copied and run on dittos for the purpose of using partners or part of a jigsaw activity.
- Who is the narrator of this poem?
- What is the physical condition of the man described in the first stanza? His mental condition?
- Is he having a flashback or is he in the war at the moment? How did the soldier feel about the war?
- What is his main concern?
- To what is death by poisoned gas compared?
- What do they do with the man poisoned by gas?
- What horrors of life in war does the poem tell us of?
- Where does the man continually see the sight of the gassed man?
- How do dreams affect what we believe?
- Who is the narrator speaking to? Is this a universal poem?
- What does he tell us about the reality of war?
- What is the glory in war?
- Do you think we would be where we are today if there had never been a war?
- Why/why not?
- What is the meaning of the quotation that ends the poem?
- What is its purpose?
- How does it make you feel?
Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.9-10.11, RI.9-10.4, W.9-10.4, and W.9-10.10!
Be sure to check out our Educational Resources, featuring thousands of activities, lesson plans, constructed-response questions, rubrics, teacher resources, multimedia, and more!