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The First World War in Global Context

German Troops Firing from a Trench, 1915

German Troops Firing from a Trench, 1915


This website is designed to provide resources to teachers and students of World War I. It includes:
This First World War curriculum is aimed at getting students to think beyond causes, major battles and ramifications of the conflict. The textbook and lecture should lay out a political, diplomatic, and military overview before or while teachers implement pieces of this curriculum. Since the First World War marks such a dividing line in modern European history, it is important that students examine the process and effects of the war on different segments of the population, beyond the political, diplomatic and military framework of the war.

Lesson Plans


Analyzing Primary Sources

These lessons all make use of primary sources. Most make use of some sort of primary source analysis worksheet, which is provided. Follow this link to the U.S. National Archives for a page where you can download primary source analysis forms to use with documents, photos, maps, sound recordings, and many other primary sources.

PowerPoint Presentations

The following powerpoint presentations cover various aspects of World War I. They were created by Art Lewandowski of Fostoria High school (see also the lesson above, "Why Did they Fight?")