Lesson: The Lead up to World War I

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT explain how nationalism and militarism created an environment that promoted war in Europe during the early 1900s.

Lesson Plan

 

KEY POINTS.

 

·       Nationalism is the pride in one’s country.

·       Militarism is the act of making your army bigger.

·       Nationalism and militarism led to an environment where people were amped up and ready to fight in a war.

·       Alliances were made and created three separate groups: The Central Powers, The Axis Powers, and the Allies.

·       Essential Question: “How did nationalism lead to the breakout of World War I”

·       Vocabulary: Nationalism, Militarism, Alliance, Trench Warfare

ASSESSMENT.

 

At the end of the lesson, T will the “Map Activity” and “World War I Nationalism Poem/Song/Speech Activity” to see how if they were able to master the objectives of the day.

  

CONNECTION TO THE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD

 

 

SS5H4 The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.

a. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914- 1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships.

 

 

                                            

1. OPENING (10 min.) (Enage/Explore) 

Teacher:

·       At the start of the lesson, T will put the following two questions on the board as a starter: “Why do you fight with other people sometimes?” “Why do you think wars breakout?” 

·       T will have the Ss write their starter. 

·       T will have the Ss share their answers out.

·       T will review the objective for the day: SWBAT analyze why militarism created fear and brought war to start. SWBAT explain why nationalism was a major reason World War I started.  

·       T will preview the upcoming unit for the students so they understand that in the near future they will be studying about World War I and the “Roaring Twenties”

Student

·       Ss will complete their starter.

·       Ss will share their responses.

·       Ss will internalize the objective for the day.

·       Ss will ask questions or comment about the upcoming unit.

2. INTRODUCTION OF NEW MATERIAL (25 min.) (Explain)

Teacher:

·       T will begin the INM with a Power Point on the breakout of World War I (PowerPoint/Key Note – Lesson 1 – The Lead up to World War I - The Twentieth Century Way Unit)

·       T will have the Ss fill out a graphic organizer while the T interactively lectures the class on the following key points: Nationalism spurred and sparked World War I. (Graphic Organizer – Lesson 1 – The Lead up to World War I – The Twentieth Century Way Unit)

·   T will stress the following key points: Militarism by one European country only encouraged militarism from other countries.

·   Alliances were made between European countries to strengthen their chance of winning a war.

·   Nationalism and militarism created a certain environment in Europe that fostered animosity and hate towards other countries.

·       T will have questions laid within the Power Point to check for understanding and make the Ss think at a higher level and stay engaged.

Students:

·       Ss will listen to the lecture

·       Ss will participate in the lecture

·       Ss will answer and ask questions pertaining to the lecture.

3. GUIDED PRACTICE (15 min.) (Extend)

Teacher:

·       T will then have the Ss work on a map that outlines the alliances of the European Countries during World War I. T will have the Ss color the different alliances different colors. T will make the Ss draw a key at the bottom of the map in order to work on map skills and make the map comprehensible for themselves and others (Map Activity – Lesson 1 – The Lead up to World War I - The Twentieth Century Way Unit).

·       T will also have the Ss write down key points that they learned from the lesson on the border of the map.

·       T will monitor the Ss progress by walking through the desks – stopping to help those Ss that are struggling.

·       T will tell those Ss that are done to take notes on the video on their graphic organizer.

·       After that is complete, T will have the Ss share out their maps as a way for the class to check their work and make sure they not only were able to correctly identify the alliances but also the key points of the lesson as well.

Students:

·       Ss color their maps of Europe.

·       Ss will write down the key points of the lesson on their maps.

·       Ss will listen to the movie about World War I.

·       Ss will share out their map activity if they would like to do so.

1. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE ( 30 min.) (Evaluate)

Teacher:

·       T will then have the Ss create their own nationalistic poem or song about America (World War I Nationalism Poem/Song/Speech Activity – Lesson 1 – The Lead up to World War I – The Twentieth Century Way Unit).

·       T will tell the Ss that the “plot” of the poem/song/speech can take place during World War I or modern day.

·       T will remind the Ss that the lyrics should make people proud of America – almost like bragging.

·       T will can go back to the PowerPoint and read the first line of America the beautiful to remind the Ss how those lyrics talk about America’s beauty and how great it is.

·       T will can also make a list of things that Ss can talk about in their poems/songs/speeches so that students have many ideas in their heads before starting – ie: the landscape, the great food, music, all of the great tourist attractions, the niceness of the people, etc.

·       T will have the Ss look at the rubric for the assignment so that they understand exactly what is expected of them for this poem/song/speech.

Students:

·       Ss will work on completing a nationalistic poem, song, or speech about America.

·       Ss will review the rubric attached with the assignment to make sure their finished product completes the goals of the assignment.

·       Ss will ask questions if any arise.

5. CLOSING (10 min.)

Teacher:

·       As a closing T will have the Ss share out their poem/songs/speeches.

·       T will tell the Ss that next lessons, SW continue to learn about the breakout of World War I.

·       T will have the Ss complete the poem/song for homework if they did not complete it in class.

Student:

·       Students will answer questions.

·       Students will ask any last minute questions.

·       Students will pay attention to topic of next lesson.

REINFORCEMENT

HOMEWORK (if appropriate).  

Poem/Song about Nationalism

Teacher's Reflection:

When I first designed the lesson, I did not expect that the PowerPoint would take up that much time in the lesson. However, after teaching it for the first time, I realized that not only did the students have a lot of questions, but I found it a very good use of time to really draw out the explanation of nationalism and militarism because these are two of the core reasons that not only World War I broke out, but all wars. 

 

Finally, when it comes to the poem/song/speech activity, the idea is not necessarily to flaunt America to flaunt America, but instead to have the students complete a nationalistic writing in order for them to illustrate what they know about nationalism. 

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