War is one of the most brutal and destructive things that a society
can endure. Bombing, gunshots, and mortar fire can turn a beautiful,
vibrant city or a lush, open countryside into a barren wasteland littered
with burned-out buildings and charred remains of trees and wildlife.
Even more than the physical damage, though, is the emotional damage
that wars cause to people. The hardships of war pit people against each
other; not just the people on either "side" of the conflict,
but friends, family, and neighbors who are simply trying to exist under
Through the activities in this lesson, students will gain an understanding
of the impact that wars have on society. They will use Web sites to
gain information about Sarajevo, create characters using what they learn
from watching video clips and viewing news footage online, and they
will participate in whole-group role-playing activities.
Students will be able to:
- Explain the history of the conflict in Sarajevo/Bosnia
- Describe how this conflict affected the people living in Sarajevo
- Write a monologue from the point of view of a person living in Sarajevo
- Compare this conflict to other similar conflicts in the world
York State Social Studies Standards
2. World History
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their
understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning
points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a
variety of perspectives. (NYS SS 2)
Signal to Noise
Life With Television, Episode #2: TV Reality?
Interactive Almanac 1995: Sarajevo Market Attack
This Web site has two short newsreels about the aftermath of the Bosnian
Serb attack on a Sarajevo marketplace. The video, at times, is graphic
and not appropriate for young viewers. Requires QuickTime VR.
Planet: Bosnia and Herzogovina
This site has information about the history, geography, and society
in Bosnia. It also presents a brief, simple history of the conflict