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Ch 16: World War I - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Brush up on your knowledge of Europe prior to World War I, the major events of the war and what happened afterwards. The tools in this study guide can aid in your preparation for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

ORELA Middle Grades Social Science: World War I - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to review information about the causes, events and impact of World War I as you get ready to take the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam. Our video lessons and quizzes can help you answer questions on topics including:

  • Conditions in Europe leading up to war
  • Major battles and the types of warfare
  • Diplomatic arrangements during WWI
  • Why the U.S. entered the war and Russia left
  • The Armistice agreement
  • The economic and political impact of WWI
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The creation of the U.S.S.R.

Our instructors use humor and expertise in their field to create lively video lessons that make learning entertaining. You can watch these lessons anytime, on a computer or mobile device. Short quizzes let you assess your knowledge after each lesson. If you answer a question incorrectly, use the link in the answer key to jump back to that part of the video for review.

ORELA Middle Grades Social Science: World War I Chapter Objectives

Oregon has made passing the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam one of the requirements for obtaining certification to teach the subject. The exam is a computer-delivered test consisting entirely of multiple-choice questions, which require you to choose the best answer from several options. You can get experience answering questions in this format through our lesson quizzes and chapter exams.

Questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam are divided into four content domains, and questions on World War I are in the domain covering history. This part of the test makes up 50% of the total content.

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: World War I - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements

5. Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements

In this lesson, we will explore the diplomatic history surrounding World War I. We will highlight the systems of alliances and take a look at key diplomatic events, such as the Zimmermann telegram controversy and the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit

6. WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit

In this lesson, we will learn about America's entry into World War I in 1917, and Russia's exit from the war between 1917 and 1918. We will learn about what led to these developments, 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.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

9. The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

In this lesson, we will examine the Russian Revolution. We will see what events led to the revolution, and we'll learn how the revolution impacted Russia's involvement in World War I.

The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

10. The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

In this lesson, we will learn about the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, commonly referred to as the Soviet Union. We will learn what events brought about the emergence of the Soviet Union, and how it has impacted the course of world history.

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