World War I Teacher Resources
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Review your WWI unit with this helpful resource. Young historians group up, complete a series of web-based activities, take a pop quiz, and examine the contents of a trunk considering items that would be most important during WWI. The lesson plan concludes with a class discussion.
Seventh graders explore aspects of World War I. In this World War I lesson, 7th graders zoom in on reference material to access information about the uniforms worn by soldiers in World War I.
In this global studies worksheet, students read the noted pages in their textbooks and then respond to 8 short answer questions and write a thematic essay about the 1920's and World War I.
Wars have profound and lasting effects, not only on soldiers and their families, but also on their countries. As part of a study of World War I, class members read the letters of Paul Green, a soldier from North Carolina, who served in the Great War. Using the provided worksheet, individuals participate in a guided reading activity that directs their attention to specific details in Green’s letter to his sister, Erma. Consider extending the exercise by providing learners with letters from Bernard Edelman’s Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
A great tool to illustrate the changing face of Europe throughout World War I! The color-changing map gives students a visual representation of the territorial acquisitions and losses for both the Allied Powers as well as the Central Powers.
Eighth graders examine the condition of the world from 1880 until the start of World War I. After watching a PowerPoint presentation, they discuss the causes and effects of the war and complete a study guide with a partner. To end the lesson, they create their own webpage and brochure on the major events of World War I.
Eleventh graders, in groups, explore the devastation that World War I inflicted on millions of people around the world. They write a first-hand account of the impact of World war I.
Young scholars in groups are to develop their own newspapers while keeping to a World War I outline.
Tenth graders examine World War I. In this Conflict lesson, 10th graders create a chart that describes the causes and effects of WWI. Students discuss their findings with the class.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this World War I lesson, students research the causes of the war as well as the major events of the war. Students are divided into groups where they present a PowerPoint presentations related to a specific topics related to the war.
In this World War I worksheet, students read the provided selection titled "American Power Tips the Balance," and then respond to 4 main idea and critical thinking questions about America's involvement the war.
Students compare and contrast the daily lives of soldiers in World War I and Vietnam. In this American War analysis lesson, students read background information about Vietnam and World War I. Students work in groups to write and produce a newscast about the conditions of the everyday soldier on the ground. Students are assigned roles, research the given questions, and present their newscasts.
Tenth graders examine the causes and course of World War I. They read and discuss a handout, simulate the formation of a country, design a flag, develop a national slogan, and present their country's information to the class.
High schoolers examine U.S. foreign policy following World War I. In this foreign policy lesson, students study the Five-Power Treaty and the Kellogg-Briand Pact and their effectiveness in preventing war. High schoolers create political cartoons and write essays regarding anti-war sentiment in the U.S.
In this World War I worksheet, learners read the provided selection titled "The War at Home," and then respond to 5 main idea and critical thinking questions about the war.
Fifth graders explore the role of African American troops in World War I. In this World War I lesson, 5th graders analyze a collection of letters from an African American soldier. Students create memorials to the men who fought in the 93rd division.
Students research how the field of war correspondence has evolved. In this war correspondence lesson, students read chapter's from Edith Wharton's book Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort. Students investigate an American correspondent's experiences during World War I. Students create and present their own correspondence report.
Class members work to gain support for their nation's war efforts in World War I through the creation of period propaganda posters! This handout sets the stage for the activity and lists requirements for construction of the posters, from considering the appropriate audience and purpose of the advertisement to exact details for where and how the assignment should be submitted to the teacher.
Tenth graders examine the role that propaganda played in the increasing and sustaining the war effort. They also create authentic propaganda of their own.
In this world history learning exercise, students create their own chart and poster showing some major events of World War I by following the steps outlined on these 3 pages.