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Unit 8: World War I

Lesson 1: WWI  Causes Game

Lesson 2: Trench Warfare Simulation

Lesson 3: WWI Propaganda Posters

Lesson 4: WW I Songs

Lesson 5: Treaty of Versailles Simulation

Monday, 12 October 2009 01:55

Lesson 1: WWI  Causes Game

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  1. Students will have a deeper understanding of the causes of WWI
  2. Students will use what they have read and what they have learned to gain insights into whether the war could have been avoided.

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Lesson 2: Trench Warfare

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  1. Students will act as soldiers on opposing sides to simulate the life and combat conditions in the trenches of World War I.
  2. Students will recreate a battle in the classroom by conducting attacks with paper balls acting as both bullets and artillery shells.
  3. Students will learn basic strategy, tactics, and weapons technology used in WW I.
  4. Students will recognize the horror and futility of trench warfare.
  5. Students will be able to define the term “stalemate.”

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Monday, 12 October 2009 07:28

Lesson 3: WWI Propaganda

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(By Valerie Schrag
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  1. The student will interpret World War I propaganda posters and identify their persuasive messages.
  2. The student will analyze how the U.S. government used propaganda to influence American public opinion.
  3. The student will create a World War I propaganda poster using the propaganda techniques observed in the World War I-era posters.

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Lesson 4: WWI Songs

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(From Kimberly Cruz, Mulberry Middle School)


  1. Explain how entry of the U.S. affected the war.
  2. Understand why WWI songs were so important to the war.
  3. Analyze the purpose and significance of songs during WWI.
  4. Write a modern day WWI Song to perform for the class.

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  1. Students will understand how difficult it was to negotiate the Treaty of Versailles, and how none of the Big Three really got what they wanted from the Treaty.
  2. Students will understand how the Treaty lead to WWII.

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