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Treaty of Versailles Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Enhance your instruction on the Treaty of Versailles with this lesson plan that features a Study.com video lesson as well as discussion questions and extension activities for further exploration.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to do the following:

  • understand the difference between Wilson's plan for peace and the desires of the British and French
  • recall the major points of the Treaty of Versailles
  • analyze how resentment over the treaty lead to future unrest in Germany

Length

40 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Instructions

  • Show your class the video lesson End of WWI: The Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations, stopping the video at the following times for discussion:
    • 2:18 - Why did each of the Big Three want their respective demands? Which of the Big Three do you think is going to get elbowed out of negotiations? Why?
    • 3:43 - What is the ultimate goal of the terms of the treaty with regard to Germany? How does this help to limit German power in the future?
    • 4:55 - What do you think would have happened if had Germany not signed the treaty? If you had been a German having been forced to live under this treaty, how do you think you would have responded?

Extensions

  • Have students write a letter from the perspective of Wilson, Lloyd George, or Clemenceau, or even the German delegation, highlighting points of concern about the treaty. From the Anglo-French perspective, make them about why the treaty must be so strict.
  • Ask students to further research the Fourteen Points, then ask if they would have really made a difference.

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