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Ch 24: World War I: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The World War I chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the causes and aftermath of the First World War 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
MondayOverview of World War I Summary of the events that led up to and ended World War I; a look at trench warfare
TuesdayAmerica during World War IThe official position of the United States at the start of the war, diplomatic and economic reasons for American involvement and impact of American troops on the course of the war
WednesdayThe Peace of Paris The end of Russian involvement in World War I, terms of peace and President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points
ThursdayThe Rise of Communism and Establishment of the Soviet UnionFormation of a Marxist government in Russia under Vladimir Lenin; totalitarian regime of Joseph Lenin, including his plans, policies and purges
FridayThe Great Depression Main causes of this worldwide economic crisis, including the Wall Street Crash of 1929

8 Lessons in Chapter 24: World War I: AP World History Lesson Plans
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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 United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

2. 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

3. 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.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

4. 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.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

5. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

In this lesson, we will examine the role Vladimir Lenin played as a leading architect of the communist system. We will explore his involvement in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet Russia.

The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

6. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, from 1928 to 1953. Stalin radically transformed the economy of the Soviet Union, while also terrorizing its people.

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

7. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.

Trench Warfare During WWI: Definition, Facts & Conditions

8. Trench Warfare During WWI: Definition, Facts & Conditions

The following lesson will cover a method of ground fighting that occurred mainly in World War I called trench warfare. The lesson is followed by a quiz that will test your understanding.

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