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A soldier in the Spanish Civil War

Project: The project is to put yourself in a Civil War soldier’s shoes
and to write a letter explaining what you are living.
Deadline: 2nd – 7th March, 2016.
Grouping: You are going to do this project individually.
Creativity and accuracy will be highly valued. On the other hand,
plagiarism will be punished.

Instructions for the letter
1. PERSONAL INFORMATION.
1.1. Name and surname of the soldier. Invented or real, both
sides, you may have a reference in your own family. Remember,
women were not recruited for fighting in first line.
1.2. Hometown. Although it can be clear in the first point, you must
reflect the city and the side the soldier belongs to.

2. HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE.
2.1. The battle: Any of the Civil War. Place and date. The soldier
must be in a front and fight in a battle. You can use the most known
ones (Batalla del Ebro, Asedio al Alcázar de Toledo, Badajoz, Belchite,
Brunete, Bombardeos, etc.) or search for another one. The letter must
have in the upper part on the right the place, name of the battle and
the date (day, month and year).
2.2. Life in trenches. In the letter you must write about the poor
conditions that soldiers are living in: poor diet, weather conditions,
etc.
2.3. The new weapons. You must write about the new weapons
used in the war, like planes, tanks, machine guns, grenades, shells,
gas, and also, the use of anti-gas masks.
2.4. Censorship. You can refer to the censorship through which the
mail is passed or the dangerous content of your letter.

3. FEELINGS.
3.1. The addressee. The student must clarify who is he or she
writing to, usually a relative (mother, father –or both-, sisters, wife
and children), his girlfriend or friends. The letter must be believable
and feelings of sadness and happiness must be present.
3.2. New communication or response to other letters. The
letter can be a new communication or a reply to another letter.
3.3. Mood. According to the date and battle you have chosen, you
must show the mood of the troop: excitement, patriotism, hate for the
enemy, desperation, disappointment, mutinies, desire for peace, etc.
NOTE: All these aspects don’t need to be presented in this order, but they
must appear in your letter. Please, avoid any kind of incoherence. For
example, don’t date the letter with a different date than that from the battle
you are writing about or don’t speak about a soldier who fights against
another of his own alliance.

4. PRESENTATION AND FORMAL ASPECTS.
4.1. Cardboard or A4 paper, envelop and plastic. The
presentation of the document can be done in a cardboard with an
adequate colour or in a A4 paper to which you will give a lightly brown
color or sepia –not as dark as you cannot read the letter - you can get
this colour with a bit of coffee. Sometimes, other students burn some
parts of the paper or cut it. The letter must be handed in an envelope
with a stamp, even with strings, where you have to write the name
and surname of the addressee and the sender at the back.
4.2. Legible handwriting and appropriate for the time. The
handwriting must be legible, with distinctions of the paragraphs by
topic and, when possible, a bit leaning to the right. You must avoid
spelling and orthographic mistakes.
4.3. Length. The recommended length is one paper for one side,
but, if it is necessary you can extend it to both sides.
4.4. Identification of the student. The student must write his/her
name, surname and course on the back of the paper, in a corner. Next
to this information you will be graded.
5. READING.

5.1. Reading in class in front of your classmates. I hope we will
have to time to read most of the letters in class, even after the exam.

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