In this World War 1 Lesson Plan, students begin by learning about the background of The Great War. In August of 1914, one single incident set off a chain reaction engulfing Europe and the world into a devastating war. Students are assigned roles as leaders or foreign ministers of 16 countries involved in World War I. The simulation begins with the “World Times” newspaper report announcing the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. All eyes turn on Serbia, who it’s rumored sponsored the assassination of the Archduke. The leaders of Serbia and Austria-Hungary read prepared statements the next day. Now students begin meeting with other countries: forming alliances, negotiating deals and plotting strategy for war. Guided by their objectives, students engage in diplomacy, negotiation and problem solving. The “magic” behind this lesson plan is that students become emotionally involved with their countries and competitive about achieving their objectives. This World War One Simulation is a collection of Microsoft Word and Excel documents. The documents are organized in binders, for students and used in combination with the War Map on your projector to bring World War One to life in your classroom!
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