Period 3 – U.S. History Lesson Plan (4-21-2015)

U.S. History Header 2Unit:

Unit #2 – Imperialism and Progressivism

Chapter 6 – World War I & its Aftermath

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will be able to identify the causes of the Great War, its affect on American Society, and its impact on international alliances to 80% accuracy in 3 of 4 trials.

Today’s Objective:

Students will engage in in-depth inquiry so that they can understand more clearly the causes of World War I, the reasons the United States entered the war in 1917

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

1.  “Only one person talks at a time” – Noah  (23 votes – approved)

2. “Respect others opinions/ideas” – Rob (31 votes – approved)

3. “Stay on task” – Andrea ( 27 votes – approved)


Click HERE to be taken to a list of commonly used vocabulary words for this unit.


Task #1 – We are going to look at an Animoto on World War I. Click HERE to be taken to it. While we are looking at the brief video I want you to identify the following:

Descriptive Terms & Phrases Organizer

Task #2 –  Opportunity to share their responses with their classmates in a whole group discussion

Task #3 –   Students will view World War I PowerPoint, and complete the Historical Events Investigative Worksheet.

Downloadable PDF File ->WorldWarI

Downloadable PPT File ->WorldWarI


Historial Events Investigative Events

Task #4 – Primary Document Analysis

We will be using the website AMDOCS for this section. You may either choose your own document on your phone or do the document that I will do with a group. Click HERE to be taken to AMDOCS.

Downloadable PDF File -> Primary Source Analysis Guide

Task #5 – WW I Propaganda Posters

We will be going to the website to look at WW I propaganda posters and analyze them. Click HERE to be taken directly to the site.

Downloadable PDF File -> Propaganda Analysis Form


You are to find at least one primary source such as photographs, letters, journals, and government documents that highlight American propaganda from the World War I . You should complete a student Primary Source Analysis Tool for each source you select.

Downloadable PDF File -> Primary Source Analysis Guide