7 Sequence – Guns Or Roses

In this unit we will look at the consequences of going to war, how soldiers are recruited and how certain people fight against this.

Why do soldiers join the army?

What will they bring to their country?

discipline, volunteer, patriotic, be drafted, contribute, fight for democracy, determined, strong willed, fearless, dedicated, to do their duty, sacrifice fight for one’s country

When do people start to protest?



Read an extract from the play to understand more (book page 201).

Use these words to help write a summary:

useless, gruesome, bloodthirsty, denounce, be sick of, fed up with something, can’t stand, can’t bear, resent, dread

Watch an extract from Born on the Fourth of July:

How does patriotism play a part in young men wanting to join the army?

How did his dream die?

Why is this tragic?

Protest Songs

Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘Fortunate Son’

Bob Dylan, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

Buffalo Springfield, ‘For What It’s Worth’


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