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Lesson Plans
The lesson plans offered in this section are designed to enrich classroom study of World War I and were designed for middle and high school students. Each lesson could also be modified to be conducted at home. The lessons only reference content that exists on the Great War site, not the program.
 
Each lesson includes learning objectives, related national content standards, a list of tools and materials needed, the time necessary to complete each lesson, extensions and adaptations, assessment recommendations, additional online resources and the teaching strategy.
 

1Kaiser Wilhelm II

WWI: BEGINNINGS AND PROGRESSION

In this lesson, students will examine the events and people that led the world toward global war.
2French soldiers fortifying trench

SYMBOLS OF THE STALEMATE

In this lesson, students will examine this stalemate and the failed efforts to break it.

3Hungry children

NO ONE SPARED

In this lesson, students will explore the devastation the war inflicted on millions of people around the world.
 
4German soldiers evacuating wounded

KILLING FIELDS

In this lesson, students will survey some of the bloodiest battles of World War I and examine why neither the central or allied powers made significant territorial gains.

5Soldiers firing machine gun

BREAKING POINT

In this lesson, students will explore how soldiers could be pushed to desertion and mutiny and how this decision affected the outcome of the war.
 
6American soldiers parading

WORLD WAR I ENDS

In this lesson, students will examine this and other causes of the German collapse that led to the end of the war and an eventual but fragile peace.

7Lloyd George, Vittorio Orlando, George Clemenceau and Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference

THE "FAILED PEACE"

In this lesson, students will investigate why it was impossible to achieve a lasting peace after the end of fighting in the First World War.
 
8Cemetary in France

THE LEGACY OF THE "GREAT WAR"

In this lesson, students will investigate this continuing evolution as it ran through the 20th Century and beyond.
 
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