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Ch 1: World War I Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter will help you develop lesson plans for teaching the subject of World War I to your students. Use these lessons to ensure that your students come away with all information they need to know on this subject.

World War I Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

If you are planning on teaching your students about World War I, you can ensure that they learn all of the relevant topics by reviewing the lesson plans contained in this chapter. Some of the topics covered in our lesson plans are:

  • The causes of World War I
  • The characteristics and effects of the war
  • Trench warfare
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The end of the war

This chapter also includes lessons on these specific topics that correspond to each of the lesson plans. These lessons will help you and your students review these topics and foster in-depth classroom discussions.

How It Helps

  • Breaks down the subject: These lessons break down the subject of World War I into different topics arranged chronologically, so your students can get a comprehensive overview of the war.
  • Defines key terms: Your students can get the definitions of important vocabulary terms related to World War I.
  • Enhances critical thinking: These topics and lesson plans will help your students think critically about historical cause and effect as it pertains to World War I.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning World War I lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific World War I topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your World War I class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related World War I lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important historical concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant World War I-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

47 Lessons in Chapter 1: World War I Lesson Plans
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T.E. Lawrence of Arabia Lesson Plan

1. T.E. Lawrence of Arabia Lesson Plan

If you're discussing Saudi Arabia or Turkish rule, this lesson plan explores T.E. Lawrence, a military officer who rallied for the Arabian people. Students will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

2. 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.

Thomas Edward Lawrence: Biography, Books & Quotes

3. Thomas Edward Lawrence: Biography, Books & Quotes

The 1965 film 'Lawrence of Arabia' brought to the big screen the adventures of TE Lawrence. He fought in the Middle East in World War I, gaining fame by uniting Arab tribes to fight against the Turks, a German ally. Learn more about Lawrence and his legacy with this lesson.

World War I Lesson Plan

4. World War I Lesson Plan

Don't get left in the trenches teaching about World War I! In this lesson plan, drawing on materials from Study.com, you'll have what you need to make sure your students truly understand the Great War.

World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects

5. World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects

In this lesson, we will identify the causes, characteristics, and effects of World War I. We will highlight key figures, events, and developments that relate to these aspects of World War I.

Trench Warfare During WWI: Definition, Facts & Conditions

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

The Armenian Genocide Lesson Plan

8. The Armenian Genocide Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the specifics of the Armenian genocide. Students will read about the history and causes of the event, then discuss the term 'genocide' in depth.

The 1915 Armenian Genocide: History & Causes

9. The 1915 Armenian Genocide: History & Causes

The Armenian genocide of 1915 was one of the most brutal extermination attempts ever. In this lesson, we take a look at the history, causes, and effects of the systematic killing of over 1.5 million people.

Ottoman Empire Classroom Activities

10. Ottoman Empire Classroom Activities

The Ottoman Empire encompassed much of Europe at its height. It began in 1299 and dissolved in 1922 after many ups and downs. These activities are designed to connect students to critical information regarding the Ottoman Empire.

League of Nations Lesson Plan

11. League of Nations Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will cover two separate lessons on the League of Nations. With key terms, discussions, quizzes, and an activity, students should be able to discuss this topic at length.

The League of Nations: Definition, Members & Failure

12. The League of Nations: Definition, Members & Failure

The devastation of World War I prompted over forty nations to join a new international organization dedicated to ending wars before they began: the League of Nations. But high-profile exceptions to the body ultimately doomed the League to irrelevance and failure.

Wilson's Fourteen Points Lesson Plan

13. Wilson's Fourteen Points Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Wilson's Fourteen Points proposal. Students will watch a video outlining the history, points, and outcome of his proposal. They will then discuss and analyze content with interactive activities and take a quiz to test understanding.

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points: Definition, Speech & Summary

14. Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points: Definition, Speech & Summary

Learn about President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech delivered in 1918. Discover what these points actually were and how they affected the outcome of the end of World War I. Following this, test your new knowledge with a quiz.

Lusitania Lesson Plan

15. Lusitania Lesson Plan

Have your students ever heard of the Lusitania? This lesson plan uses an interesting text lesson to inform students about the great ocean liner and its demise. An activity connects students to the tragedy of the Lusitania and a quiz tests their knowledge.

Sinking of the Lusitania: Definition & Facts

16. Sinking of the Lusitania: Definition & Facts

The sinking of the Lusitania was caused by a German submarine boat. Most historians point to it as a reason the United States decided to get involved in World War I. Read about this history-changing event below.

The Zimmermann Telegram Lesson Plan

17. The Zimmermann Telegram Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides your class with numerous discussion topics, quizzes, and an activity that will help them understand how Germany tried to exploit other nations to their advantage via the Zimmermann Telegram.

The Zimmermann Telegram: Definition & Summary

18. The Zimmermann Telegram: Definition & Summary

The Zimmermann Telegram was 162 simple words that pulled the United States into World War I against the German Empire. Find out about the message and its role in this lesson. Take a short quiz at the end to see what you've learned.

Balfour Declaration Lesson Plan

19. Balfour Declaration Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Balfour Declaration. A text lesson explains the declaration's history, leading to a high-level discussion and application of concepts. An activity and quiz apply learning you can see and check.

Balfour Declaration: Definition & Significance

20. Balfour Declaration: Definition & Significance

The creation of Israel was one of the more significant moments in the 20th century, but there is a long history behind this. In this lesson, we'll explore the Balfour Declaration and see how it changed the map forever.

The Weimar Republic & the Great Depression

21. The Weimar Republic & the Great Depression

In this lesson we will learn about the Weimar Republic and the Great Depression in Germany. We will highlight key themes and developments, and see how events in Weimar Germany set the stage for the rise of the Nazi Party.

World War I Weapons Lesson Plan

22. World War I Weapons Lesson Plan

If you are teaching a lesson about World War I, using this lesson plan will help you enhance students' understanding of the weaponry used in the war. Students will complete a reading assignment, participate in discussion questions, and do an activity. They will also take a quiz.

WWI New Weapons & Technology: Tanks, Machine Guns & Planes

23. WWI New Weapons & Technology: Tanks, Machine Guns & Planes

World War I wasn't just about the alliance system being put to the test. In this lesson, we explore the impact of machine guns, planes, and tanks on the conflict and how they changed the face of war.

World War I Alliances Lesson Plan

24. World War I Alliances Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan we teach our students about the precarious nature of peace in Europe on the eve of World War I through an interactive role-playing game using candy, strategy, and teamwork.

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

25. 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.

German Hyperinflation Lesson Plan

26. German Hyperinflation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about German hyperinflation. Students will be able to define hyperinflation, discuss the cause and effects of hyperinflation, and explain hyperinflation after World War I in Germany.

World War I Propaganda Lesson Plan

27. World War I Propaganda Lesson Plan

What is propaganda and what role did it play in World War I? This lesson plan will help you in exploring this topic with students using a text lesson. A small group activity is aimed at comprehension and analysis.

World War I Inventions Lesson Plan

28. World War I Inventions Lesson Plan

Help your students understand the inventiveness of medical personnel and engineers because of World War I. Students will discover how the challenges the war created resulted in innovative practices.

World War I Inventions & Innovations

29. World War I Inventions & Innovations

World War I was one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. In this lesson, we will learn how the violence also led to technological and medical innovations.

World War I Battles Lesson Plan

30. World War I Battles Lesson Plan

Many battles made up World War I. Your students will learn information about the major battles as they watch a video, create timelines, and take a quiz about World War I.

End of World War I Lesson Plan

31. End of World War I Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the end of World War I. Students will answer questions about a text and describe the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.

World War I Simulation Lesson Plan

32. World War I Simulation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help educate your students about World War I. They will also participate in a fun activity that will teach them about tough decisions made by world leaders, as well as trench warfare.

World War I Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. World War I Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help you give students a basic understanding of World War I. Students will read an informational text using questioning strategies, identify key facts and details, and do a project about WWI before taking a short quiz.

Effects of WWI Lesson Plan

34. Effects of WWI Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the consequences of World War I. Students will answer questions about a World War I and summarize its effects on Europe, America, and Asia.

WWI Poetry Lesson Plan

35. WWI Poetry Lesson Plan

World War I was one of the most significant events in history. Poets of this time wrote about the heroism, pain and tragedy experienced in war. In this lesson, students will learn about these poets and the structure, characteristics and themes of their poetry.

World War I Poetry: Themes, Analysis & Quotes

36. World War I Poetry: Themes, Analysis & Quotes

In this lesson, you'll be introduced to some of the most important figures in World War I poetry. These will include soldier-poets and civilians. We will look at some of the most enduring poems and examine their themes and what they have to say, analyzing individual lines.

U.S. Involvement in WWI Lesson Plan

37. U.S. Involvement in WWI Lesson Plan

Are you looking for a simple way to teach your students about America's role in WWI? This lesson plan is designed to support your instruction with an engaging video lesson. An activity explores the role of The American Expeditionary Force in the war.

Spanish Influenza Lesson Plan

38. Spanish Influenza Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. They will use primary sources to help understand how people responded to this event.

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic: Facts & Origin

39. The Spanish Influenza Pandemic: Facts & Origin

The Spanish Influenza, the most deadly disease outbreak in history, changed the lives of people around the globe at the end of World War I. In this lesson, learn about this pandemic's historic context, origins, and impact on millions.

Causes of World War I Lesson Plan

40. Causes of World War I Lesson Plan

Have you hit a snag in your instruction on WWI? Let Study.com smooth the course for you with an engaging and interactive video lesson and a small group activity. Now that you're on a roll, why not take it further with related activities and lessons?

Treaty of Versailles Lesson Plan

41. Treaty of Versailles Lesson Plan

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.

Trench Warfare Lesson Plan

42. Trench Warfare Lesson Plan

Take your students on a journey back in time to the trenches of World War I with out Study.com video lesson. Have students create models of World War I trenches, and consider related lessons and suggestions for supplementary activities.

Trench Warfare Project Ideas

43. Trench Warfare Project Ideas

The following three projects are meant to help supplement a unit around warfare or particularly World War I. These are designed to help students understand the use of trench warfare as well as the impact on soldiers.

World War I Project Ideas for High School

44. World War I Project Ideas for High School

In both U.S. and World history classes, World War I is an important topic to cover in the curriculum. In this resource, you will find a variety of individual projects for your high school students to complete on World War I.

World War I Unit Plan

45. World War I Unit Plan

Use this unit plan to dive into World War I with your students. You will find a variety of lesson plans, project ideas, activities, and simulations for you to access to take students through one of the most devastating wars in human history.

Remembrance Day Activities for High School

46. Remembrance Day Activities for High School

Remembrance Day is a time to honor soldiers who died in the line of duty. These hands-on activities for high school students will assist your students in understanding why the commemorations take place.

Remembrance Day Activities for Kids

47. Remembrance Day Activities for Kids

Remembrance Day is recognized throughout most of the Commonwealth of Nations as a memorial to those killed in wars. These activities will give your students a chance to participate in Remembrance Day as a class.

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