All Quiet on the Western Front: Chapters 8-9

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11092

War changes people, and technology changes in order to more effectively destroy those people. Learn more about the people and weapons of WWI as seen through the eyes of a soldier, then write an essay!


Literary Studies, World

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


After receiving leave in Chapter 7, Paul returns to the war, first in a training camp and then back at the front. Follow Paul's adventures as the war drags into its final years.

In Chapter 7, Paul received leave to visit his family.

However, after two weeks, he is required to return to the war effort. In Chapter 8, Paul first goes to a training camp where he encounters a Prisoner-of-War camp. In Chapter 9, Paul rejoins his company at the front.

Before reading Chapters 8 and 9, there is some vocabulary to define. Look up the definitions of the following vocabulary terms from Chapters 8 and 9 in either a print or online dictionary like Write down the definitions. After writing down the definitions, write a sentence using each of the words in correct context. When you've finished defining the words and writing your sentences, have a parent or teacher check the sentences to ensure the words are being used correctly in context:

  • moors
  • opalescent
  • dregs
  • furtive
  • grovel
  • apathetic
  • abyss
  • peevish
  • exasperate
  • culprit
  • gendarme
  • audible
  • irresolute
  • placate
  • extenuate
  • stupefy
  • stratagem
  • abstraction
  • compositor

Now that you've finished defining the terms for these chapters and writing sentences with them, it is time to read Chapters 8 and 9. Remember to have your All Quiet on the Western Front Characters handout nearby so that you can fill in any new information about the characters as you read.

Once you've finished reading Chapters 8 and 9, move onto the Got It? section to check your knowledge.

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