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Ch 11: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 11: The First World War

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The First World War chapter of this McDougal Littell The Americans textbook companion course helps students learn the essential American history lessons of the First World War. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the First World War textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the McDougal Littell The Americans The First World War chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the First World War topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Causes of World War I
  • The powder keg of Europe
  • The United States' position in World War I
  • American involvement in World War I
  • Weapons and major battles of the First World War
  • The U.S. economy during WWI
  • American life during the war
  • The Peace of Paris
  • Consequences of the war

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8 Lessons in Chapter 11: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 11: The First World War
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

1. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.

The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

2. The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

In this lesson, we will explore the way in which Europe was a sort of 'powder keg' in the years leading up to World War I. We will examine the sources of tension among the European powers and explore how these played a role in the outbreak of World War I.

The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

3. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

4. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.

World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

5. World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

In this lesson, we will look specifically at the way World War I was waged on land, at sea, and in the air. We will explore how warfare was conducted within these contexts, and learn about the new technologies that made this possible.

Famous Battles of the First World War

6. Famous Battles of the First World War

In this lesson, we will learn about some of the famous battles of World War I. We will learn why these battles are important and how they affected the course of the war.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

7. The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

In this lesson, we will learn about the end of World War I and the Peace of Paris. We will learn what events transpired to bring about the end of the war and what provisions were laid forth in the Treaty of Versailles.

Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

8. Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

In this lesson, we will explore the consequences of World War I. We will learn about the political, economic, and social impact the war had on the United States and Europe.

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