The United States and World War One- Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- This is a 16 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 41 questions based on a Crash Course U.S. History video and the website:U.S. History.org.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course U.S. History Video: America in World War I. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video will introduce the Great War and explain the isolationism policy of the United States at the outbreak of the war. The sinking of the Lusitania is discussed as is the Zimmerman Telegram, and the American desire to help Britain in its time of need. Congress's eventual declaration of war and the arrival of 1 million American soldiers in France is then reviewed and how this helped push Germany to defeat. The majority of the video is dedicated to the home front and how the United States was impacted by the war. The Committee on Public Information, the Espionage Act, and the Sedition Act are all reviewed and their impacts on American life. The beginning of the Great Migration of African Americans to northern cities due to wartime economic production is also covered. Following the video, students will proceed to the ushistory.org website and read several articles about the United States and its role in World War 1. The German and American diplomatic breakdown of 1917 is again reviewed, as is the declaration of war by Congress, the creation of a large American Army, and the conditions that American soldiers faced on the Western Front (trench warfare, no mans land). The German spring offensive of 1918, the American contribution to stopping the German Army, and the Armistice of November 11, 1918 close out the article.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.