World War 1 Primary Sources; WW1; Distance Learning; Digital Learning

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6th - 11th, Homeschool
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World War I primary document analysis pack

This resource includes 5 carefully curated primary sources to analyze that will enhance any WW1 unit. It is aligned to my World War I Unit Bundle. Each of the primary documents focuses on one aspect of World War 1 to analyze. Encourage your students to think deeply about the topics associated with WW1. You can also assign the analysis activities as homework. There is a PDF & a GOOGLE version of the primary documents so you can easily assign to your students if you are teaching virtually.

Primary documents include:

•excerpts of letters between the leader of the German Peace Delegation (Count von Brockdorff-Rantzau) and French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau

•newspaper article from the Washington Times about the killing of Czar Nicholas II and his family

•newspaper article from the New York Tribune about soldiers’ lives during the war

•telegram from Walter Page (US ambassador to the UK) to US Secretary of State Robert Lansing about the Zimmerman Telegram

•excerpts of telegrams between German Kaiser Wilhelm II and Russian Czar Nicolas II before entering WW1

Want to try a FREE primary source pack? You can download my free Reconstruction Era primary source pack to get a closer look!

Looking for something more comprehensive? Check out my COMPLETE CURRICULUM for WW1. THIS RESOURCE IS INCLUDED IN THIS CURRICULUM PACK.


Colonial America

American Revolution

Constitution & A New Nation

Age of Jackson & Sectionalism

Civil War

Reconstruction- FREE

Gilded Age

Progressive Era & American Imperialism

World War 1

Roaring '20s & Great Depression

World War 2

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Heather LeBlanc, LLC

Total Pages
14 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


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