This minilesson covers the 4 M.A.I.N. causes of World War I by employing short readings, vocabulary building activities and a mini webquest. The teacher guides the students through the first two ideas of militarism and alliances and then the students can work in pairs, independently, or complete the imperialism section as a webquest. The focus on imperialism is intentional because of the importance of this topic for subsequent lessons and units. I also included a video review that is a helpful tool to transition to the beginning of World War I and it also serves as an effective overview of materials covered in the lesson.