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First World War

The First World War

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


The First World War brought about many changes in the United States and the rest of the world. Students will compile a chart in which they list the effects of the war in the following categories: 

  • military methods

  • American society

  • world politics

Then, using information from their chart and outside resources, write a report in which you explain the impact of the war in one of the categories. Be ready to present your project to the class in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: World War I Begins


Students will identify militarism, Allies, Central Powers, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, "no man's land", trench warfare, Lusitania, and Zimmermann note. 

Students will summarize that role that nationalism and imperialism played in worsening the conflict in Europe.

Students will analyze the crisis in Bosnia, the costs of neutrality and the war on the Eastern Front.  

Students will explain why European nations mobilized so quickly after the archduke's assassination.

Students will analyze why the United States tended to favor Britain and France. 

Students will explain how the German U-boat campaign affected U.S. public opinion and actions. 

Students will make the difficult decision of whether or not the United States should enter into World War I. 

Students will summarize the events that finally prompted Wilson to ask for a declaration of war. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 561.

2) Read pages 562 - 568 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: American Power Tips the Balance


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Selective Service Act, convoy system, Alvin York, conscientious objective, mechanized warfare, and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker.  

Students will describe how the United States raised an army for the war. 

Students will summarize the four steps the U.S. government took to build a naval fleet quickly. 

Students will describe how the United States contributed to the Allied victory.   

Students will analyze new weapons created during World War I. 

Students will analyze how the tank and the airplane changed warfare.  

Students will compare the contributions of John J. Pershing and Eddie Rickenbacker to World War I. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 568.

2) Read pages 569 - 576 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: The War at Home


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify War Industries Board, Bernard M. Baruch, George Creel, Espionage and Sedition Acts, and Great Migration.

Students will analyze the life and contributions of Bernard M. Baruch. 

Students will analyze the effects the WIB had upon the economy.

Students will summarize the methods the CPI used to popularize the war.

Students will identify the original purpose of the Espionage and Sedition Acts. 

Students will analyze the causes of the Great Migration.

Students will analyze Race Riots and their affect upon the African American community.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 576 and Interact with History on page 583.

2) Read pages 542 - 583 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 4: America as a World Power


Students will review their homework and present their projects.

Students will identify Fourteen Points, League of Nations, Treaty of Versailles, reparations, war-guilt clause, and Henry Cabot Lodge.

Students will summarize Wilson's Fourteen Points. 

Students will contrasting views in support and against the League of Nations. 

Students will analyze why many senators opposed the Treaty of Versailles. 

Students will analyze the domestic consequences of World War I. 

Students will summarize the immigration, migration and war movements from the 1840's to 1970's. 

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