Love & Squalor: A Study of Voices of War Student eBook


Love & Squalor: A Study of Voices of War Student eBook


Love and Squalor: A Study of Voices of War is unit of work that has been specifically designed for the Australian Curriculum. It is underpinned by the pedagogical principles of Visible Thinking developed by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and provides teachers with the opportunity to develop a culture of thinking within their English classroom.

Throughout this study, students are exposed to a variety of poetry, short stories, non-fiction, digital, media and multi-media texts, which present perspectives on the subject of war and its relationship to love. The texts within this unit have been carefully chosen because they represent responses to war over time as individuals have struggled to reconcile the myriad of beliefs, emotions and perspectives that war can give rise to: patriotism, pride, duty, honour, love, sacrifice, anger, pity and despair. 

A variety of stimulating activities and tasks underpin the exploration of these voices of war, providing teachers with a structured approach to teaching the concepts of ‘perspective’ and ‘voice’, through a focus on developing students’ analytical and creative writing skills.

Texts covered in this unit of work include:

  • The Soldier - Rupert Brooke
  • Dulce et Decorum est - Wilfred Owen
  • Yesterday was Beautiful - Roald Dahl
  • What Do I Remember of the Evacuation - Joy Kogawa
  • For Esme, With Love and Squalor - J.D. Salinger 
  • The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
  • Song of Napalm - Bruce Weigl
  • War Photographer - Carol Ann Duffy
  • Five Way to Kill a Man - Edwin Brock
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • Where is the Love? - The Black Eyed Peas
  • Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees - Deborah Ellis 
  • Asylum: Exit Australia - SBS simulation game
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