This is probably my best lesson pack. I used this for just over 2 weeks.
It is filled with visuals, graphs, charts, and cartoons for students to analyze in think-pair-shares or similar activities. Plenty of chances for formative assessment. Most slides have multiple layers. Details below.
It covers WW1 from a U.S. History perspective. Standards oriented.
The first section discusses the LONG-TERM causes of the war: Nationalism, Economic Rivalries/Imperialism, The Alliance System, and Militarism
There is an activity to do with Imperialism in Africa, where students discuss what might result from the colonization and competition there.
The next activity comes with the Militarism section, where students analyze an American recruitment poster. The answers (and higher level analysis) comes on the following slides. Then there are 6 questions that students should answer with complete sentences.
Then Militarism is defined, and then there is a graphic organizer to help students understand the cyclical nature of military buildup, fear of others, and military buildup.
Then there is a short activity with background and a graph to compare the naval buildup between Germany and England.
Then there is a political cartoon analysis about militarism and America's stance pre-war (Isolationism)
Then the lesson shifts toward the immediate cause of the war: The assassination of Franz Ferdinand. There is a YouTube video I link to in the slide that is a cartoon rendition of the extraordinary (and funny) circumstances surrounding the murder.
The lesson changes now to cover the nature and course of the war prior to U.S. involvement. New technology, trench warfare, what it was like to be in the trenches, stalemates, etc.
There are lots of primary photographs and visuals in this section to bring history alive. Some jokes too (A dog who caught a bunch of rats in the trenches: A very good boy :) )
Naval blockade by England is covered, German use of U-Boats, Airplanes.
Then the lesson details why the U.S. stayed out of the conflict at first, and then talks about the events leading up to U.S. involvement. Invasion of Belgium (Rape of Belgium: Media and propaganda mini-lesson). There are several images and cartoons and news headlines to analyze.
We discuss why we sided with the Allies and started to supply them.
More cartoon analysis about the Naval Blockade. A funny meme to help drive home how the German's didn't care about international waters laws and attacking merchant ships.
Obviously we cover the Lusitania and how it was a significant factor in driving public opinion in the United States toward war.
Sussex Pledge is covered, primary photos.
Helpful timeline is placed into the slides to help students see the cause-effect relationship leading up to the Zimmerman Telegram. Also a cartoon used to talk about the telegram and how it affected American opinion.
The lesson once again shifts gears and heads into how the U.S. government prepared for war (mobilization). All of the major government organizations that were created are discussed. (Food Admin., Fuel Admin., Railroad Admin., Emergency Ship Corps., War Labor Board., Committee for Public Information.)
Rationing is discussed and the reasoning for it (with propaganda posters), as well as how we paid for the war (taxes on the wealthy and liberty bonds).
Naturally the next section discusses civil rights in the United States during the war.
Espionage Act of 1917, Sedition Act of 1918, and their effects. Charles Schenk v. U.S. is also covered, and I include the section of the court decision that the EOC will probably ask about: "Clear and present danger".
Then the lesson covers how minority groups in the U.S. were involved with the war effort.
Then the lesson covers the end of the war with U.S. involvement and how we overwhelmed the Central Powers.
The armistice is covered as well as the Treaty of Versailles, which is defined through political cartoons.
There is another lesson someone has on here comparing Woodrow Wilson's 14 points to the Treaty of Versailles. I used this to conclude my lesson section on World War 1.
Please let me know if you have any ideas for improvement or criticisms!
Please review :)