World War I Unit with PowerPoint for US History 1865 to the Present

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6th - 11th
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This is a complete two-week unit, but could be extended to three, on World War I covering the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), which includes an overview, the MAIN causes, alliances, trench warfare, United States' entry into the war, changed political boundaries after the war, and Woodrow Wilson's leadership after the war to include his Fourteen Points and his failed attempt for the US to join the League of Nations.

This unit includes the following:

1. PowerPoint (109 slides)
2. Lesson Plans (20 pages)
3. Primary & Secondary Sources (a pdf file containing Wilson’s Speech, newspaper articles, political cartoons, 25 pages, and speeches supporting and opposing joining the League)
4. Student handouts for taking notes
5. Homework Assignments (i.e. guided reading questions and map activities)
6. Trench Letter Assignment
7. A Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting technologies and tactics of wars previously fought.
8. Several short clips including trench warfare, Battle of the Somme, end of WWI, and Wilson’s last days.
9. 2 - Quizzes
10. Study Guide
11. 2 Tests (One of the tests I made when I taught high school. The other test includes questions on Spanish American War because I teach both as one unit.)

The first lesson is an overview in which I show a video. The video is called "America in the 20th Century: World War I: The War in Europe" which can be downloaded at The video is 27:51 long.

Total Pages – Approximately 185

I've been working on this since my high school student-teaching experience almost 10 years ago, but have tweaked this unit to fit middle school students since that's the grade level I now teach.

I hope this helps anyone looking to teach this unit. Thank you.

Michael T. Walton

*Virginia SOLs exceed the Common Core Standards.
Total Pages
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