Good morning, class, and welcome to our class blog! Each week, you will visit this website to find a new post that will give a preview of what we will be studying each week, along with a daily activity or question that you will need to answer for class credit. To submit a response, log in to your wordpress account, and comment on the post as a direct reply to the activities, or as a response to other student comments. Let’s get started!
Week 1: Introduction to World War I
Monday: Click HERE and watch the video about how World War I got started. After viewing the video, write a comment below about a fact from the video that you did not know prior to watching. Is the fact surprising? Which detail are you most looking forward to exploring in this chapter?
Tuesday: Now that we have had an overview of the war, you may still be a little confused about who was on which side. That’s okay! Even the soldiers of the war were confused at times by the lines, countries, and languages that defined their experience. Click HERE to watch a Young Indiana Jones get an impromptu lesson on allies and axis through local foods. After watching, describe another world conflict by using local foods. You may need to Google traditional dishes of the countries involved. Example: The Battle of Iwo Jima would be described as the Americans (Hamburgers) attempting to take an island from the Japanese (Sushi) with the help from their allies in Canada (Poutine).
Wednesday: The lines between enemies could both seem to move constantly and not move at all. How is this possible? For the soldiers in the trenches, victory was measured in inches at a time. For the commanders, it moved in miles. Click HERE to explore the ever changing borders and frontlines of the war. After the activity, identify which countries suffered the most fluctuating frontlines of the war.
Thursday: War is a topic that divides people around the world. Often times governments will release posters, ads, and commercials that promote their idea of their country either joining or avoiding a war. These pieces of art with a deliberate war agenda are called propaganda. Check out this link HERE and click through some propaganda posters from World War 1. If your last name starts with the letter A-L, create a simple propaganda poster to convince your classmates that we should have LESS homework. If you last name starts with the letter M-Z, create a simple propaganda poster to convince your classmates that we should have MORE homework. Use Microsoft Paint, Word, or PowerPoint to format your poster, and take clipart from around the internet to help decorate your poster. Consider fonts, colors, and catchy phrases to promote your cause! Upload your finished work to imgur.com and drop the link in the comments below.
Friday: We have learned a lot of facts this week about World War I. Let’s test your knowledge! Take the 10 question quiz HERE and share your results to the comments below along with a written multiple choice question of a fact that you wish was included on the quiz.
Further Reading: Can’t get enough of this week’s class blog? Be sure to visit some of my previous posts on how to enhance your learning and experience of studying World War I.
CLICK HERE – for a book review of how JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were influenced by World War I.
CLICK HERE – for 10 channels on YouTube that make learning fun!
- This page was created for an online class project by Michael J. Roboski