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This presentation discusses the experience of African American soldiers in World War I. It ties together their wartime experience and valor with their struggles on the home front. Topics include the Silent March, the St. Louis Massacre (Riots), the heroism of the Harlem Hellfighters and Anthony Johnson, James Reese Europe, and the Red Summer of 1919.
With this lesson, students participate in a Structured Academic Controversy in which they investigate whether basic freedoms should be restricted during wartime. They will investigate 5 case stories - Eugene V. Debs, Emma Goldman, Josef and Michael Hofer, Charles Schenck, and Robert Goldstein. Each was arrested and convicted with the Espionage and Sedition Acts. Students will debate whether it was right to restrict their freedoms during the war.
With this lesson, students learn the background leading up to the passage of the 19th amendment. They will visit two stations that discuss the major protest activities from the National Woman's Party, led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. They will analyze the methods of protest utilized by the NWP specifically the suffrage parade of 1913 and the silent sentinel protestors in front of the White House. This is a topic that is often overlooked, and that deserves more attention.
In this inquiry, students investigate the ideals of the 14 points, and whether Woodrow Wilson actually followed the ideal of the 14 points within the policies he created for the people of the United States - resistance to the draft, the Women's Suffrage Movement, and African American soldiers in WWI.
This lesson provides an overview of World War I from the U.S. perspective at a level meant for middle school students. Topics include militarism, imperialism, alliances, and nationalism (as they relate to WWI, a comparison of map of Europe before and after the war, wartime propaganda, trench warfare, the events that led the U.S. into the war, different groups involved with the war (including Native Americans, women, immigrants and Black Americans, the war on the homefront, and the ending of the war.
Help your students build and retain key vocabulary terms with a visually appealing word wall. This resource includes 34 word wall terms related to World War I, vocabulary review strategies, and a review puzzle to support your students' learning.
This unit plan contains standards-aligned and engaging student-centered lessons relating to World War I. Students will learn all about how the war impacted the United States and the homefront. They will also learn the basics about the wartime experience overseas. You can view more in the preview here – World War One Full Unit Preview.
Students will complete a teacher-led presentation with options to analyze wartime propaganda, determine whether wartime restrictions were essential or excessive, investigate trench warfare, and compare Europe before and after World War I. Students also investigate the homefront by comparing two types of protests relating to the women’s rights movement to see the ways women were treated for speaking out for their rights – regardless of their method of protest, determining whether wartime service actually improved the lives of Black soldiers, and assessing the impact of restrictive wartime laws. They will also closely read the words of the Fourteen Points.
As an assessment, students also complete a structured inquiry that compares Wilson’s treatment of groups of people on the homefront to the ideals he outlined in the Fourteen Points.
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