Before we get to the actual war itself it is most important for students to understand how we got there. The four underlying causes of the war which we will be covering are Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism: which we will refer to as the M.A.I.N. causes of World War I. In this assignment one student will become an expert in one of the four M.A.I.N. causes, and instruct three other people in a group. By the end of it every student should have a comprehensive understanding of the four causes, and how each contributed to the outbreak of World War I.
This lesson is designed to allow students to “do history” and discover the causes of WWI on their own. By evaluating the pictures, graphs, and quotes on their handouts students will be able to understand why and how the Europe became primed for war.
World War I Lesson: M.A.I.N. Causes of WWI
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