We would like to encourage A level students of German, English Literature and History to use our site to learn about this important period of the city’s history. Therefore, together with the Stephen Spender Trust, we have developed teaching resources aimed at learners of German and of English Literature at A Level/Highers. They will also be of interest to those learning about Weimar Germany as part of a History course.
Individual worksheets can be accessed and downloaded by clicking on the relevant places / authors and following the links. Each worksheet focuses on a particular place in interwar Berlin: see the project map. Worksheets give information about the era and its writers, and encourage independent research, discussion and – in the case of the German resources – translation. The worksheets can be used alone or in tandem with the project website, which contains a wealth of information about interwar Berlin and both British and German writers. QR codes encourage students to jump from the worksheets to the website, and back again.
Each worksheet includes a translation exercise, as well as reflection on translation strategies and approaches.
The worksheets will enrich cultural and artistic topics on the curriculum by enabling students to engage closely with the rich cultural history of Berlin.
The worksheets and website content are also ideally suited to support students’ independent research projects.
The worksheets support the core objective of studying writers and texts in their contexts. They are designed to help students to think about 1920s/30s writers and their links to other cultural figures and sites in Weimar Berlin. They also encourage students to think about how the culture of Weimar Berlin resonates in the twenty-first century.
The worksheets can be used to stimulate class discussion, longer written answers, and/or as a starting point for further individual research and reading.
They are particularly useful for those studying British literature of the 1920s and 1930s, in particular Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood and Stephen Spender.