World War I Comprehensive Unit: Slides, Guided Notes, Activities & More

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Michelle McDonald
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This was a great resource for teaching WWI. The curriculum given to me by my school did not include nearly enough information about WWI, so this was very useful to supplement.
This is the BEST WW1 resource I have found. It kept kids engaged and was so easy to use. I posted the slides on schoology as well so if they were absent they could catch up at home.


This World War One unit is comprehensive and easy to implement. If you are new to teaching the Great War, I’ve got you covered! This includes 131 PowerPoint slides with guided notes, map skills, reading passages, 6 station activities, 33 primary source image gallery walk, exit tickets, and more!


This resource includes:

- 161 PPT Slide Presentation (editable)

- Guided Notes Students Booklet

- Reading Passages

- Mapping Alliances

- Analysis Activities

- Station Activities

- Gallery Walk

- Exit Tickets

- Editable Assessment

- Video Links to save you time

What’s Covered:

- Causes of World War I (Alliances/Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand)

- Schlieffen Plan

- Mapping Alliances

- Key Battles on the Western Front

- Key Battles on the Eastern Front

- War at Sea (Battle of Jutland)

- Trench Warfare

- Chemical Warfare

- Tank Warfare

- German U-Boats

- Russian Revolution

- Sinking of Lusitania

- Zimmerman Telegram

- US Entry to WWI

- Propaganda

- Red Baron

- Marie Curie's "Little Curies"

- Selective Service Act

- Liberty Bonds

- Victory Gardens

- Women & WWI (Ellen La Motte)

- African Americans & WWI (Harlem Hellfighters)

- Stormtroopers

- Flamethrowers

- Last Major Offensive

- Turkey & Bulgaria

- Nov. 11th Armistice

- Aftermath of the War (Spanish Flu)

- Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points Speech

- Treaty of Versailles

- In Flanders Field (Poem)

Lecture Slides:

This resource is set up so that as you teach the PowerPoint, students follow along in their own student booklet. There are 161 slides that include maps, primary source images, vocabulary, and more. The slides are set up in an organized way to make teaching easy. Plus keep students accountable as they follow along in their booklet.

Student Guided Notes Booklet:

To save you time, the student booklet is set up to just print and staple so that students have everything in one place. As you move through the PPT slides, students fill in notes, add vocabulary, answer questions, and complete additional activities that correspond to the PPT slides. All of the map skills, reading passages, and scaffolded questions are included in the student packet. This is a great way to keep your students organized while also accountable as you move through the unit.

6 Station Activities:

This is a great way to get your students out of their seats. All of the station activities can also be completed independently.
1. Causes of World War I (Chronological Order Sort)

2. Trench Warfare (Follow the trench line & letter writing)

3. Marie Curie’s “Little Curies” (A scientist & WWI)

4. Red Baron (Two Truths & A Lie)

5. Eastern vs. Western Front (Battles Sort)

6. Propaganda (Poster Analysis)

Gallery Walk:

This inquiry-based activity focuses on the question "What was life like for a soldier on the front lines of World War One?" Transform your classroom into a museum or gallery by having students view 30+ primary source images from World War 1 organized by topic. Arrange the descriptive images around the classroom. Students rotate through stations, and record data to reach a conclusion regarding the overarching question.

Exit Tickets & Assessment:

16 exit tickets are included that can serve as a quick assessment throughout the unit.

Editable Assessment:

A ready-to-go 4-page assessment is provided which includes true/false, multiple-choice, fill in the blank, and short answer. An editable copy is also included.

Video List:

A list of YouTube video links is included within this resource to further enhance the study and to save you prep time.

Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


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