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Dec 01, 2017 2017-12-01

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Lessons Inspired by the World War I Centennial

The National History Day (NHD) organization was asked by HISTORY and the World War I Centennial Commission to develop a teacher resource to connect teachers and students to the best research and resources for teaching the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914–1918). NHD worked with partner organizations, including HISTORY, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and Army, Naval, and Marine Corps historical organizations to find interesting, unique primary sources. NHD master teachers then crafted lesson modules for middle school and high school. For example, “Propaganda Posters,” a high school module, analyzes the methods behind the images. “The Art of War,” a middle school module, displays artwork created by soldiers in the trenches and illustrates how World War I changed art forever. All of the lessons can be edited and adapted to meet the needs of students in any classroom.

Plus: The National Education Association’s (NEA) website provides lessons, activities, and multimedia resources for grades 6–12 that help to support a historical study of one of the most devastating wars in European history and the arts and literature it inspired.

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