World War One Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- This is an 18 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 48 questions based on a Crash Course World History video and the history.com website.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course World History Video: Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video will introduce "The Great War" by describing its immediate cause (the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand) and some of the long term causes (alliance system, nationalism). The video will then give a brief history of the Western and Eastern Fronts, describe the horrors of trench warfare, review the new technologies that caused massive casualties, the role disease played in the war, and how various nations from around the world were all pulled into the conflict (the U.S., Canada, India, Japan, etc...). The video also goes into some detail about the collapse of the Russian Empire and the resulting Russian Revolution led by Lenin and the Bolsheviks. The video concludes with America's entry into the war, the eventual armistice, and the Treaty of Versailles. Following the video, students will proceed to the history.com website and watch three additional short videos. The videos will again remind students of the horrors of WW1 by using reenactments, showing actual footage from the war, and by displaying pictures from the war. After watching the videos students will read an accompanying article. The article will review many of the topics from the video and will go into more detail about several specific battles (Marne, Somme, Verdun, Gallipoli, Jutland). The article will also discuss the eventual Allied victory and the resentment felt by Germany following the Treaty of Versailles which would help pave the way fro World War Two.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.