Using the related items included in the Need to Know section of this Web site, compile your own list of the five battles or military events you believe are the most important. Explain why you chose each one. What was its military significance? Did it have other political, economic, or social impacts? Was its significance immediate, or did it become apparent only with time?
Each student should then share his or her list with the rest of the class. As a group, discuss what similarities and differences exist between them. Were certain events picked more often than others? Was the same battle chosen for different reasons?