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
©John D Clare, 1995
- Students will have a deeper understanding of the causes of WWI
- Students will use what they have read and what they have learned to gain insights into whether the war could have been avoided.
- Students will act as soldiers on opposing sides to simulate the life and combat conditions in the trenches of World War I.
- Students will recreate a battle in the classroom by conducting attacks with paper balls acting as both bullets and artillery shells.
- Students will learn basic strategy, tactics, and weapons technology used in WW I.
- Students will recognize the horror and futility of trench warfare.
- Students will be able to define the term “stalemate.”
(By Valerie Schrag
- The student will interpret World War I propaganda posters and identify their persuasive messages.
- The student will analyze how the U.S. government used propaganda to influence American public opinion.
- The student will create a World War I propaganda poster using the propaganda techniques observed in the World War I-era posters.
(From Kimberly Cruz, Mulberry Middle School)
- Explain how entry of the U.S. affected the war.
- Understand why WWI songs were so important to the war.
- Analyze the purpose and significance of songs during WWI.
- Write a modern day WWI Song to perform for the class.
- 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.
- Students will understand how the Treaty lead to WWII.