WWI and the 1920's Lesson: America Enters World War I

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Description

This Google product contains the first of seven lessons from the World War I and the 1920's period in the United States.

Lesson objectives:

  • Identify the causes of World War I.
  • Analyze the impact of technological innovations in weaponry that resulted in stalemate on the Western Front.
  • Analyze reasons behind isolationism and neutrality in the United States before 1917.
  • Explain why the United States entered the conflict on the side of the Allies.

Lesson includes the following:

1. America Enters WWI Presentation - (23 slides presentation, 2 charts, 3 maps, 2 videos, and 12 pictures)

  • The Causes of World War I
  • The Great War Begins
    • 2 min:39 sec video clip is inserted to summarize beginning of war.
    • 3 min:14 sec video clip is inserted to summarize life in the trenches.

  • The United States Remains Neutral
  • Reasons for U.S. Entry into the War

2. Student Notes for presentation - Form

  • 6 questions
  • Assign this at the beginning of the presentation.
  • Students will follow along and complete the sentences on the form.
  • They will submit for easy grading.

3. America Enters the War reading comprehension questions - Form

  • 9 questions
  • Includes text of the lesson

4. Short answer questions on a doc.

  • 9 questions
  • Students will summarize, draw conclusions, compare and contrast, use a visual, identify supporting details, identify cause and effect, categorize, draw inferences, and explain an argument.

5. Interactive Timeline: Build Up to World War I

  • This product is a Google form and doc linked to an interactive timeline on the events that led up to World War I.
  • Students can answer the 11 reading comprehension questions on the form while exploring the interactive timeline.
  • Students will answer the 3 short answer questions on the doc.
  • Students will learn about:
    • July 28, 1914: War begins in Europe
    • May 7, 1915: German U-Boat sinks the Lusitania
    • September 7, 1915: Germany Restricts Submarine Warfare
    • November 7, 1916: Wilson Wins Reelection
    • February 1, 1917: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare Resumes
    • February 24, 1917: U.S. Learns of Zimmermann Note

6. Interactive Image: Trench Warfare in World War I

  • This product is a Google form and doc linked to an interactive image on trench warfare during World War I.
  • Students can answer the 6 reading comprehension questions on the form while exploring the interactive image.
  • Student will answer the 6 short answer questions on the doc.
  • Students will learn about:
    • The stalemate on the Western Front.
    • The misery and living conditions in the trenches.
    • The technology used to gain an advantage.
    • The diseases that the soldiers had to battle in the trenches.
    • No man's land

This product is editable to suit your needs. The answer options have been shuffled.

This is lesson number 1 out of 7 US: World War I and the 1920's

  1. America Enters World War I
  2. The Home Front During World War I
  3. The End of World War I
  4. The Postwar Economy Booms
  5. Government in the 1920's
  6. The Roaring Twenties
  7. The Harlem Renaissance

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Total Pages
52 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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