Period 3 – U.S. History Honors (4-22-2015)

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 examination of primary documents, poetry, and posters from World War I.

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 – Discuss photo essay project that will be due 4/27/2015. After our discussion I will give you 5 minutes to choose your topic and fill out the proposal to turn into me so I know the topic area you have chosen to exam.

Downloadable PDF Directions -> WWI – Photo Essay Instructions

Website -> Example of a Photo Essay minus the text -> CLICK  HERE

While we look over the photo essay example I want you to consider the following questions

What do these photos suggest about the mood of the new soldiers?

The mood of the civilians?

What is the overall feeling that these photos evoke?

How would you describe the weaponry of the photos of “The Somme, 1916.”?

Task #2 – Today we will be looking at some primary sources from World War I. Use the Literary Terms file below to help you in your analysis. Don’t forget to distinguish the difference between imagery and symbols. Imagery helps set the tone and mood in a work, symbols tend to create a more pointed, one-to-one relationship between a symbol and the feeling or object to which it refers. In a western film, for example, the imagery of tumbleweed sets a tone of desolation and tension, while the hero’s white hat and the villain’s black hat are symbols of good and evil.

Downloadable PDF File -> Literary Terms

Symbolism in WWI posters can help us understand the general mood of the U.S. and Great Britain during the era of “The Great War”—before, during, and after the War. Lets take a look at the two posters below. “A Wonderful Opportunity for You” – U.S. and “The Only Road for an Englishman” – England.

England - The Only Road for an Englishman U.S. - A Wonderful Opportunity for You

Task #3 – Now lets look at some descriptive letters written by soldiers during WWI and break them down using our literary terms. These excerpts of literacy text have been pulled from the World War I Poetry Digital Archive

Downloadable PDF file -> WWI Primary Documents Archive – Soldiers Accounts

Task #4 – Before we get into the poetry of WWI, focused primarily on the trenches, lets take a moment to see first hand what the trenches looked like.

Website Link #1 – Whole Website – World War I Image Archieve

Website Link #2 – World War I Image Archieve – Trenches

Task #5 – Having looked at posters and excerpts from letters we will now look at one of the most recognized poets from the trenches in World War I Isaac Rosenberg pictured below. A weblink to the poems we will be analyzing is also below.

Website of some of his poetry -> Internet Archieve Wayback Machine



Photo Essay  – Due 4/27/2015

Downloadble PDF File -> WWI – Photo Essay Instructions

Resource for Project ->  World War I Image Archieve

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