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World War I Activities


World War I, also known as the Great War, was a global conflict that included most of Europe along with parts of Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. As tensions had been brewing throughout Europe in the early parts of the 20th century, the spark that ignited World War I was lit in Bosnia with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. This assassination set off a chain of events that was soon irreversible. Over the course of the next four years, World War I would sweep the world with unseen horrors. World War I dragged humanity through a series of conflicts which resulted in over 16 million deaths and an immeasurable amount of destruction. Thanks to new military technologies, people all over the world witnessed this destruction at a catastrophic level. By the time the dust settled and World War I was over, the world would soon witness a build up to an even more catastrophic war in less than 20 years.

Student Activities for World War One



World War I in Context


These activities aim to have students research and analyze the events, themes, statistics, individuals and causation of World War One. Due to the complex nature of WWI, it is vital that students continue to examine not just what these activities have them research, but also be able to understand and define how it connects to the larger issue of the War and impact it had on the global level.


Essential Questions for World War I

  1. What were the causes of WWI?
  2. What role did technology play in WWI?
  3. Who were the significant leaders or individuals of WWI?
  4. What were some of the statistics of WWI?
  5. What were the effects of WWI?

Additional Activity Ideas for WWI

  1. Research an individual who lived during WWI and visualize their experiences using primary source documents.
  2. Have students research and create a 5 Ws chart of a major battle or event of WWI.
  3. Have students create a pros and cons chart that argues the benefits and drawbacks of America joining the war.

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