One of the most important events of the 20th century was World War I. Many historians point to that event as a turning point in history. It was a time of political intrigue and mass industrialization. In English, the art and literature that arose out of the war were dramatically different than before the war.
An event this important deserves more than a chapter in a book.
This month-long unit is a collaboration between history and English, although can be used in a modified form with only one subject. This project requires students to work in teams and become the countries that fought during the war. Students are exposed to debate, to propaganda, to gaming and to the back-room politics that dominated the war. No project makes learning come alive more than this one.