With the 100th anniversary of World War I, this unit -which features four separate slideshows - gives your students a first-hand look at the “War to End All Wars.” A total of 67 slides have been grouped into the presentation topics of “The War Begins,” “New Warfare of World War I,” “How Women Joined the War Effort,” and “The War Ends.” Whether you’re a high school teacher who wants to give students detailed facts and pictures to make the war come alive, or a junior high teacher who has only time for a quick review of this 20th century war, my unit will be a valuable tool for you. The slideshows are backed up with 4 separate scripts that contain more than 21 pages of notes. This unit is not a battle-by-battle account of the war, rather I’ve focused on how the war came to be fought, the horrific new weapons used in this war, the unique contributions of women, and the legacy of the war as it ended. The scripts are available in a PDF format and the slideshows are available as both Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint.
To illustrate the in-depth research presented in this unit, here are the topics covered in the slideshows:
The War Begins: The Spark That Started the War, Assassination, The Assassin, Nationalism and Imperialism, A Jigsaw Puzzle of Alliances, Militarism, Off to War, The Central Powers, Enemy Leaders, Allied Powers, The Big Five, Propaganda, American Isolationism, Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, The Zimmerman Note, The President Declares War, America Enters the War.
New Warfare of World War I: The Changing Face of War, The Cavalry, Submarines, Battleships, Airplanes, Zeppelins, Tanks, Mortars and Artillery, Machine Guns, Grenades and Grenade Launchers, Flame Throwers, Barbed Wire, Poison Gas, Fighting Poison GasRats and Other Pests, Disease, Fighting in the Trenches, Living in the Trenches, Dying in the Mud, Devastation of Trench Warfare.
How Women Joined the War Effort: Taking Over Men’s Work, Factory Work, Ammunition Work, Farm Work and Land Girls, Nursing, Driving Ambulances, Hello Girls, Entertaining Troops, Charity Work, On The Homefront.
The War Ends: The Beginning of the End, Devastation of War, Landscape Destroyed, A Crippled Generation, Poison Gas’ Legacy, Death Toll, Armistice, War Will Come Again.
Take a look at the Preview to see a sample of a slide from each presentation, showing the variety of period photographs used, and to see a selection of notes that give details on these slides.
World War I - 4 Slideshows
by Diane Yale-Peabody
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