Ch 17: World War I: AP European History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The World War I chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the causes and consequences of World War I in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the World War I chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPre-war tensions in EuropePolitical alliances and developments in Europe prior to World War I
TuesdayPre-war conditions in EuropeEconomic, political and social conditions in pre-war Europe; explanation of why the Balkans were known as the 'Powder Keg of Europe'
WednesdayThe Triple Alliance British-French-Russian political alliance
ThursdayCauses of World War I Immediate events and long-term developments that led to World War I
FridayEnd of World War I Timeline of World War I, the Treaty of Versailles and establishment of the League of Nations

5 Lessons in Chapter 17: World War I: AP European History Lesson Plans
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Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

1. Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

In this lesson, we will study the tensions in Europe that led up to World War I. We will take a look at the nations involved, the alliances they made, the ideas they embraced, and the conflicts they fought.

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.

Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe on the Eve of World War I

3. Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe on the Eve of World War I

In this lesson, we will take a close look at the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente that were in effect on the eve of World War I. We will examine the rise of the alliances and learn about the countries that created them.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

4. 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.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

5. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.

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