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Students, after brainstorming all the different types of propaganda, explore, analyze and study the nature, origin and purpose of propaganda and how its aims are achieved. They assess how the sinking of the Lusitania was manipulated by the British government and media.
Students explore the pride of the Cunard line and a jewel in the British crown; a floating four star hotel. But during World War I, the RMS Lusitania carried more than well-to-do travelers luxuriating in her sumptuous appointments.
Students research the sinking of the Lusitania. They work together to develop a position supporting an idea. They discover principles of international law and the rights of non-combatants in wartime.
Sixth graders examine issues that faced Americans during World War I, discuss role that sinking of the Lusitania had in America's decision to enter the war, and analyze changing role of U.S. during the war and how it emerged as a world power.
What were the real motivations behind America's entrance into World War I? Beginning with a review of American neutrality at the onset of the Great War, this engaging video details the profound effects of the war on the home front, including the increased power of the national government on industry and public opinion.
Students identify several important events that led to U.S. involvement in World War I. They examine different explanations, form an opinion about the evidence for each rationale and then create a slideshow to present their findings.
Exploring WWI in an interesting discussion of the key events, this resource could be as a great supplement to a classroom unit on this topic. The pictures and information make this period in history come alive. Students would also benefit from reading first-hand accounts of trench warfare, or the subsequent peace agreement, to get a better idea of how this war led to WWII.
What do you know about WWI? The creator of this fantastic presentation sure knows a lot! From the beginning of the war, to the trenches and the home front, World War I is discussed in full. Each slide includes images, blocks of informational text, and embedded hyperlinks. A really great tool to help learners understand many aspects of the war to end all wars.
Use this twelve-day lesson plan to teach about the causes and courses of WWI. Each day scholars attend lectures, complete creative activities, and hold round table discussions on what they've learned. Web links and resources are included. Note: some days do not have a full lesson plan but state the topic to be covered. Lesson Planet has many presentations available that could make this lesson a reality.
Students practice research skills by scouring Internet for facts and information about the lost ocean liners Titanic, Lusitania, and Empress of Ireland.
Why did the US get involved in the European war? This presentation works to answer this question as a conclusion to a unit on WWI. Topics covered are the sinking of the Lusitania, US propaganda, the Zimmermann Note, Communism in Russia, and the Treaty of Versailles. A great way to discuss the end and effects of a World War.
Examine the effects and interesting facts regarding global conflict during WWI. Topics covered include The Lusitania, Zimmerman Telegram, the collapse of central powers, and John Pershing. Slides include informative text and images in a note-friendly format.
Teach your class about neutral rights with a brief reading selection and related questions. Pupils read the passage and answer the four questions on the bottom half of the page. Useful for a homework assignment or a quick warm-up, this resource could be strengthened by adding a reading task and some text marking.
Eleventh graders view Powerpoint slide show and take notes on background causes of World War I. Students research and discuss why United States became involved in war, and research details regarding sinking of Lusitania.
Seventh graders continue their examination of World War I. In groups, they read a copy of the famous Zimmerman telegram and discuss its effect on Americans. To end the lesson, they discuss how public opinion changed after it became public and how Texans reacted.
Students explore shipwrecks. In this forensic lesson, students watch a video about a shipwreck and how scientist use forensics to answer questions about the ship. They research and report about a shipwreck from the teacher's approved list.
Students explore the reasons the United States became involved in World War I.  In this World History lesson, students research the reasons Woodrow Wilson made the decisions he did, prepare a debate and write a paper.
In this World War I worksheet, students read a 5 page selection about the war and then respond to 5 main idea and critical thinking questions based on the selection.
Learners identify an editorial and propaganda, discuss differences between weekly and daily newspapers, analyze needs of rural and urban newspaper audiences, and evaluate possible power of the press and importance of multiple views concerning events.
In this world history worksheet, learners create their own chart and poster showing some major events of World War I by following the steps outlined on these 3 pages.

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