In the Footsteps of History: Çanakkale

For the History of Turkish Revolution and Atatürkism class, we organized a trip to Çanakkale with our 8th grade students in order to consolidate their learning outcomes, specifically, yo be able to relate the events and facts of Mustafa Kemal’s military life with his personality traits, and to be able to evaluate the situation of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War in terms of the sharing and occupation of its lands.

On the first day of the trip we explored the Dardanos Battery, Çimenlik Castle, Nusrat Mine Ship and the Trojan Horse. After dinner, students gathered in the conference hall to discuss the day and engage in a rousing trivia competition about the region and its history.

On the second day of the trip, we visited the Gallipoli Peninsula in order to contextualize the Çanakkale Land Wars and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. There, our students saw Seyit Onbasi, the 57th Regiment Martyrdom, Anzac Bay, the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, Conk Bayir and Anafartalar. This firthand witnessing of the fields of battle helped them visualize and make tangible everything they have learned in class about these events.

Our Çanakkale Tour was a highly productive classroom without walls experience connecting students to their country’s history as well as an excellent bonding experience for them, exploring a new place together.

–Alaattin Kılıç, History Teacher