The World Wars

Pacing: 8 weeks

Essential Question:

How do motives of a powerful few lead to global warfare?
world_war_ypres_1917.jpg

Instructional Focus:

WW1: causes and effects, technology, MANIA, Armenian genocide, Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations
Interwar Revolutions – global depression, leaders rise to power, new political ideas and economic systems, revolutions (Russia)
WW2 – causes and effects, Holocaust, Axis/Allied, impact of war, technology (atomic age), founding of United Nations
document analysis create a timeline to sequence events
write a RAFT narrative

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the causes of World War I and World War II
2. Compare and contrast technology/tactics of World War I and World War II
3. Analyze political, economic, and social/cultural changes that occurred from World War I to World War II (i.e. Russian Revolution)
4. Predict how the outcomes of World War I lead to World War II (i.e. Treaty of Versailles, League, UN)
5. Analyze the causes and effects of 20th century racism (Holocaust)
6. Evaluate how the world has changed following the two world wars.

Common Assessments:

District Benchmark Assessment Term 3

Lesson Ideas and Resources


World War I

Primary Source:

Primary Source:

World War 1 DBQ:

PowerPoint - World War 1


PowerPoint - World War 1 and the Russian Revolution

Powerpoint - Fascism

Lecture - 14 Points and the Treaty of Versailles


14 Points and the Treaty of Versailles Questions


"I Would Fight" Worksheet

Military Casualties in WW1


Propaganda Poster Project


Writing a Post War Treaty - Directions

Rubric for Group Members

Rubric for Historical Role


Web Resources
The Great War- WWI **www.pbs.org/greatwar**
The Great Pandemic: The United States in 1918-1919 http://1918.pandemicflu.gov/index.htm
World War II Journal -
http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/10/28/acevedo.holocaust.soldier/index.html?hpt=C1
The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany.

Interwar Years

Sample Unit Plan - Hoover HS

Primary Sources



World War II

Web Resources:

1. The War (Ken Burns) www.pbs.org/thewar

2. Powers of Persuasion- Propaganda from World War II www.archives.gog/exhibits/powers_of_persuasion/powers_of_persuasion_home.html

3. World War II Pictures www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/thumbnails/index.html

4. Science and Technology of World War II
http://www.ww2sci-tech.org/

5. . Children of the Atomic Bomb
http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/index.html