World War I Events Teacher Resources
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The History of Ethanol in America
Seventh graders examine the use and history of ethanol. In this environment lesson, 7th graders explore how ethanol has been produced and utilized in America. Students research how ethanol could be used as a fossil fuel alternative.
Progressive Movement in Nebraska and the United States
Students interact with the whole progressive movement and its impact on the U.S. They list the goals of the movement. In addition, they organize primary resources and interpret political cartoons. Each student shares one of their reflections on a political cartoon with the class.
Battle of the Bulge: America Responds to a German Surprize
After reading personal accounts and watching the video entitled, European Theater during WWII, learners write a letter. They use what they know about the Battle of the Bulge, WWII warfare, and the time period to compose a letter home in the voice of a soldier on either the American or German side of the war.
"When They Came for Me, There Was No One Left to Speak Up" - Exploring Personal and Collective Responsibility in WWII
Students examine the underlying meaning of the phrase spoken by Pastor Martin Niemoller in 1945, "When they came for me, there was no one left to speak up." In this World History lesson, students share in a class discussion on civic and personal responsibility then complete two worksheets.
Students analyze the art of Jacob Lawrence. In this art analysis lesson, students examine a art from Jacob Lawrence. In this art analysis lesson, students complete image based discussion activities and two related activities.
Children in the Fields
Fourth graders research Hispanic child labor in California's agricultural period. They create dioramas reflecting the lives of migrant farm workers and political cartoons as produce crate labels, They illustrate farm scenes and hold a gallery tour.
World War II: America on the Home Front
Eleventh graders gain a sense of historical time and historical perspective as they study the massive campaign that the U.S. government launched to convince Americans to conserve, participate, and sacrifice. They study cencorship, and other key concepts.
The Living Weapon
Students explore American history, military strategy and scientific discovery near the end of the World War II era. They examine the principles of the Cold War, pacifism, and the desire to keep government programs secret from the general public. Students participate in four hands-on activities to investigate weapons and biological warfare.
War and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Henry V
“Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.” “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” These two views of war, embodied in George Patton’s statement and Lorraine Schneider‘s famous 1966 poster, are at the heart of a two-day examination of war and its effects. The packet includes a series of activities that asks class members to ponder the causes and justifications for going to war. They compare different video versions of Henry’s speech (Olivier’s, Brannagh’s, and Hiddleston’s) and analyze how the three interpretations reveal different attitudes toward this subject. The richly detailed plan includes a link to the video segments. A must-have for readers of Henry V, the resource could also be used with any study of war and leadership.
African Americans in the Civil War
Students examine the contributions of African American soldiers during the Civil War. In pairs, they complete Civil War timeline worksheets. They use character cards to assume the identities of African Americans and determine whether or not they would join the Union Army. Students role-play as historians and research various topics relating to African Americans in the Civil War.
Historical Comparison of Anti-War Music
Young scholars explain that, how in this world of increasing awareness and interdependence, music can act as a magnet to draw people together. They research and compare anti-war songs from many different generations.
Wars of Expansion
Students explore wars of expansion. In this perspectives lesson, students consider evidence available to determine which account of the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass most accurately describes the battle.
I'm Still Scared: The War Years
Students read the story I'm Still Scared: The War Years, complete discussion questions, and activities about the book. In this war book lesson plan, students keep journals, write about being frightened, have a war veteran visit their class, and more.
Prisoners in Another War
High schoolers examine the role of the Geneva Convention. In this world history lesson, students investigate primary sources that prompt them to consider the evolution of the Geneva Convention.
The Civil War: A Nation Divided
Students examine the clash between the North and the South. In this Civil War lesson, students watch segments of the Discovery video "The Civil War: A Nation Divided". Students conduct further research pertaining to the economies and other regional differences of the North and the South. Students write essays based on their impressions of Lincoln's speeches as well.
Civil War Tribune
Fifth graders explore the Civil War by creatively writing about the famous time. In this U.S. history activity, 5th graders research newspapers from the Civil War era and color in a black and white photograph taken at the time. Students write their own newspaper articles based on the photograph they select and re-write their article over several days.
"I Hear America Singing": Controversy and Music in the Mexican War
Eighth graders examine the Mexican War and its outcome through music. In this primary source analysis instructional activity, 8th graders analyze the lyrics of selected songs to consider the 2 perspectives regarding U.S. involvement in the war. Students compose essays based on their findings.
WWI Timeline: The Road to War
In this World War I timeline activity, students examine 8 chronologically listed events that led to the onset of the first world war.
World War I and World War II Timeline Cards
In this World War I and World War II chronological events worksheet, students examine the timeline cards. The cards may be cut out so that students may study the chronology of events.
Students research five hundred years of social, economic, territorial, and political history in South Africa, with a focus on the apartheid system. They present their research in the form of a timeline.