World War I Unit

World War I Unit
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This is a complete unit that includes everything you need to teach an entire World War I unit. It includes 15 detailed daily lesson plans spanning 3 weeks. It covers causes of the war, key battles, weapons, American involvement, and much more. This unit is comprehensive and creative. It includes everything you could possibly need for a unit (from reading passages to assessments to activities and more). Each lesson is unique and creative, written with the intention of engaging students in bringing history to life. Download the preview file for a detailed, close-up look at exactly what the unit plan includes and covers.

What exactly is included in this unit plan?

  • 15 Daily Lesson Plans (3-Week Unit)
    Each daily lesson includes a list of key questions the lesson covers, ideas for connection/engagement at the beginning of the lesson, detailed guides for the actual lesson, ideas for extension/enrichment, ideas for informal assessment and at least one formal assessment option.
  • Original, Creative, Engaging Activities
    The heart of this unit is to creatively engage students in exciting ways with the content. Activities for this unit include a Reader's Theater, a group board game, a battle simulation, creation of a booklet, hands-on model creation, map and primary source exploration, carousel rotation, concept mapping, and more! Each lesson is different from the next.
  • Teaching PowerPoints - 100% Editable
    The Teaching PowerPoints convert the information spelled out in each of the daily lesson plans into student-friendly visuals that you can display for your students as you teach your way through the unit. These PowerPoints contain textbooks that are editable.
  • 22 Differentiated Passages - Printable AND Digital Paperless Versions Included
    Each passage is included on 5 different reading levels covering readers spanning 3rd through 8th grades. Each passage includes a CCSS-aligned question set and answer key. The question sets are also included in digital versions.
    World War 1 Vol. 1 Passage Set
    World War 1 Vol. 2 Passage Set
  • Study Guide + Final Assessment + Grading Rubrics - 100% Editable
    The final assessment addresses all of the key questions covered by the daily lesson plans. In addition to the final assessment, the daily lesson plans include options for collecting a grade for every lesson if needed. All rubrics, assessments, and the study guide are 100% EDITABLE.

What content is covered by this unit plan?

By the end of each lesson, students will be able to answer the following key questions:

  • LESSON 1 – The Assassination that Started the War
    -Why was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand a short-term cause of World War I?
    -What motivated the assassination?
  • LESSON 2 – Causes of World War I
    -What were the four main long-term causes of World War I?
    -What is militarism? How did it impact the start of the war?
    -What is an alliances? How did they impact the start of the war?
    -What is imperialism? How did it impact the start of the war?
    -What is nationalism? How did it impact the start of the war?
  • LESSONS 3-5 – Battles of the War
    -What was the Battle of Tannenberg? Why was it significant?
    -What was the First Battle of the Marne? Why was it significant?
    -What was the Battle of Gallipoli? Why was it significant?
    -What was the Battle of Jutland? Why was it significant?
    -What was the Battle of Verdun? Why was it significant?
    -What was the Battle of the Somme? Why was it significant?
    -What was the Battle of Passchendaele? Why was it significant?
    -What was the Battle of Cambrai? Why was it significant?
  • LESSON 6 – Weapons of World War I
    -What key weapons were developed for use during the war?
    -How did use of each of these weapons impact the war?
  • LESSON 7 – The War at Sea
    -What did the fighting of World War I look like at sea?
    -What key strategy did the British Royal Navy use in the war at sea?
    -What key strategy did the German High Seas Fleet use in the war at sea?
  • LESSON 8 – Trench Warfare
    -What was trench warfare?
    -What was life like in the trenches?
    -Why did trench warfare result in dragging the war out?
  • LESSON 9 – The Controversy of the Lusitania
    -What was the Lusitania and what happened to it?
    -Was Captain William Turner of the Lusitania partially or totally to blame for the sinking?
    -Was Germany justified in attacking the Lusitania?
    -How did the sinking of the Lusitania impact Americans?
  • LESSON 10 – The Zimmermann Telegram
    -What did the Zimmermann telegram say?
    -How did the Zimmermann telegram impact the war?
  • LESSON 11 – American Isolationism
    -What was the American Isolationist Policy?
    -What happened that changed American Isolationism?
  • LESSON 12 – America Joins the War
    -What was the main goal of the United States' involvement in the war?
    -What were American armed forces like during the war?
    -What costs did the war have on the United States? (Finances, casualties)
    -How did American involvement in the war compare to that of other major powers?
  • LESSON 13 – War on the Home Front
    -In what ways did Americans on the Home Front support the war?
    -In what ways were Americans on the Home Front affected by the fighting overseas?
  • LESSONS 14-15 – An End to the War
    -How did the war come to an end?
    -What were the peace terms decided by the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles?
    -What was the aim of the League of Nations?
    -How did opinions during peace talks vary between the United States, France, and Great Britain?
    -What are some possible reasons that the "Great War" did not end up being the war to end all wars, as many had hoped?

This resource is 100% research-based. A bibliography of all resources utilized during the research process is included in the product file.

What types of files are included?

When you purchase this resource, you'll be able to download a .zip file containing several folders of PDF and PPT (PowerPoint) files. The PDF files secured (meaning not editable) but are printable. The PPT files contain editable text boxes. The paperless digital versions of the passages can be accessed through links to a series of Google Drive™ folders.

Is this unit editable?

The daily lesson plans and differentiated passages (both printable and paperless digital) are secured PDFs that are not editable. This protects my intellectual property, as well as that of the font and clip art artists included in this resource. The grading rubrics, study guide, final assessment, and teaching PowerPoints are PowerPoint files with editable text boxes. Email me before purchasing if you have questions about which parts of this resource are editable.

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