The following is a Common Core-based bundle on the United States in World War I. This bundle contains 4 worksheets covering 5 75-minute lessons, 4 readings with questions, and 1 PowerPoint Presentation. Overall, the bundle contains a wide variety of activities designed to promote class discussion and critical thinking, and includes dozens of fact-based and critical thinking questions.
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The Causes of World War I Bundle - Global/World History Common Core
The following is a two-day (75 minute periods) common core-based lesson on the Causes of World War I. Contained within this bundle is the worksheet, a corresponding PowerPoint presentation, and a writing assignment with rubric.
Overall, the bundle contains a variety of activities that promote critical thinking, class discussion, and an array of other social studies skills.
Topics covered in this lesson include:
• Militarism and arms race
• Entangling Alliances
• Rise of aggressive nationalism
• Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand
• The declaration of war
Activities included in this lesson:
• Do no that appropriately sets up the lesson
• Primary and secondary source readings with questions.
• Link to 5-minute video clip with question
• Cartoon analysis with questions.
• The Problem of Alliances activity
• Endless opportunities for class discussion
• Nearly 30 fact-based and critical thinking questions!
• PowerPoint presentation with 11 slides filled with images, maps, cartoons
• Writing assignment included with rubric
US Entry into World War I - US/Global/World History Common Core
The following is a common core-based lesson on entry of the United States in World War I. The worksheet includes a wide variety of student-centered activities designed to promote critical thinking and class discussion such as:
• Do now: Political cartoon analysis
• Primary and secondary sources showing the causes of US entry (includes a quote from Woodrow Wilson, Zimmerman telegram, and song lyrics – includes several critical thinking questions (24) perfect for class discussion.
• Wilson’s War Message – questions and discussion opportunities.
• Fill-in-the-blanks notes and answers.
World War I - The Home Front - US History Common Core
The following is a comprehensive, common core-based lesson/worksheet that focuses on the US home front during World War I. This worksheet is loaded with a variety of student-centered activities designed to promote active engagement and critical thinking. Several activities include:
• Do now that appropriately sets up the lesson.
• Primary and secondary sources about the Selective Service Act, total war, managing the economy, enforcing loyalty, the Espionage and Seditions Acts, and Schenck v. US. – Includes over a dozen critical thinking questions perfect for small group or whole class discussion!
• Link to a video on Youtube that discusses several important ways American supported the war effort – includes several questions.
• Societal changes activity – discusses female workers, women’s suffrage, and the Great Migration of African-Americans to northern cities.
• Fill-in-the-blank notes (with answers)
• Potential homework assignment included (or could be used as an extension during class). Students analyze 8 different WWI dilemmas.
The Espionage Act of 1918 - US History/APUSH
The following is a worksheet focusing on the Espionage Act of 1918. The worksheet contains an excerpted version of the controversial WWI-era legislation and is followed by 8 fact-based and critical thinking questions. This worksheet is perfect to use as an in-class activity or as a homework assignment.
"Abrams v. US" - Reading with Questions - World War I - USH/APUSH
The following is a primary source reading from the Supreme Court case of Abrams v. US. The court case concerned the denial of freedom of speech by the Sedition Act during World War I. The reading is followed by four fact-based and critical thinking questions designed to promote class discussion. This reading is perfect as an in-class activity or as a homework assignment.
Enforcing Loyalty During World War I worksheet - US History/APUSH
The following is a worksheet that focuses on how the U.S. government enforced loyalty during World War I with the Espionage and Sedition Acts as well as the Supreme Court case of Schenck v. US that resulted from it. This worksheet can be used as an in-class activity or as a homework assignment. It includes several primary and secondary sources, a political cartoon, and nearly 10 fact-based and critical thinking questions perfect for class discussion and active engagement.
Paris Peace Conference worksheet - Treaty of Versailles - US/Global/World
The following is a worksheet/activity on the Paris Peace Conference, the 14 Points, and the Treaty of Versailles. After a brief reading about the Big Three (Wilson, Clemenceau, George), students analyze brief primary sources from each and create a brief headline summarizing their beliefs. Then, students compare and analyze the 14 Points and the Treaty of Versailles and answer a series of five critical thinking questions. This worksheet works well as an in-class activity or as a homework assignment.
"Objections to the Treaty of Versailles" - Henry Cabot Lodge - USH/APUSH
The following is a primary source document written by Henry Cabot Lodge in 1919 where he expressed his disapproval of the Treaty of Versailles. The document is followed by 5 fact-based and critical thinking questions perfect for class discussion. This worksheet can be used as an in-class primary source analysis activity or as a homework assignment.
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