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The Great War?
DescriptionThe Great War. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, and the only things that ended were idealism and innocence. Groups create graphic organizers and a timeline illustrating their observations which they will present to classmates.
ObjectivesThe student understands significant events leading up to the United States involvement in World War I and the political, social, and economic results of that conflict in Europe and the United States.
Materials-Graphic organizer handout (See attached file)
-Rubric handout (See attached file)
Preparations2-3 Days Before the Lesson:
1. The teacher should make copies of all associated files.
2. Assign students to groups of five.
3. Develop Web links list for students.
4. Allow 15-20 minutes for students to discuss the areas each one will focus on. For example: Pre-war events, war strategies, technologies, America’s role, Peace Treaty, and the aftereffects.
5. Students bring picture books or articles of assigned focus area.
ProceduresNote: Two to three days before this lesson, the teacher should make copies of all associated files, assign students to groups of five, develop Web links list for students, and allow 15-20 minutes for students to discuss the areas each one will focus on. For example: Pre-war events, war strategies, technologies, America’s role, Peace Treaty, and the aftereffects. Have students bring picture books or articles of assigned focus area for Session 1.
1. Have students meet in groups and share their information and pictures.
2. Students organize their information chronologically in preparation for timeline.
3. Students complete timeline draft, verify information with teacher, edit and finalize timeline.
4. Group leader hosts discussion on the effects of WW1 on Europe and the United States.
5. Group recorder keeps notes on discussion.
6. Group organizes information on a graphic organizer.
7. Group spokesperson/s present organizer to class.
8. Teacher will assess the activities with the rubric in the attached file.
AssessmentsStudent groups will construct a two-part project illustrating their understanding of the events leading to WWI and the resulting changes that affected the world.
A. Groups will create a pictographic timeline of the significant events leading to WWI.
B. Groups will create a graphic organizer comparing and contrasting the effects of the war on the United States and Europe.
C. Student groups will present their findings to the class.
D. Teacher can use the rubric in the attached file for assessment.
Web LinksSite contains large library of primary source documents. User friendly and international in viewpoints.
World War I Document Archive
This site contains the original version and transcripts of 100 milestones Documents in American History
Attached FilesRubric. File Extension: pdf
Checklist. File Extension: pdf
Graphic organizer. File Extension: pdf
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