13. World War I
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVESStudents will be able to:
|• ||Understand the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I|
|• ||Evaluate Woodrow Wilson’s reasons for going to war|
|• ||Understand the reasons behind opposition to entry|
DESCRIPTIONStudents will work in small groups to analyze primary documents to understand the reasons
for, and opposition to, U.S. entry into World War I.
MATERIALSEvents Leading to U.S. Entry into World War I (copy for each student)
Wilson’s War Message, April 2, 1917 (copy for each student)
Opposition to Wilson’s War Message (copy for each student)
Alternate Realities (copy for each student)
CLASS LAYOUT AND GROUPING OF STUDENTSStudents will work in small groups for the first part of the lesson, then resume their usual seating arrangements for the discussion.
|1. ||Explain that in August 1914 European nations became embroiled in a devastating war
that the United States wanted to stay out of. Tell the students that in this lesson they will
review the events that eventually drew America into that war in 1917.|
|2. ||Explain that shortly after the war began, the United States declared its neutrality. Review
the factors behind that decision, emphasizing:|
|• ||Ethnic divisions in America|
|• ||Wilson’s suspicions about the war aims of Britain and France|
|• ||America’s historical isolation from European embroilments|
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Book title: Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History.
Contributors: Eleanora Von Dehsen - Author, Nancy Claxton - Author.
Publisher: International Debate Education Association.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2009.
Page number: 129.
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