In this activity, we circled back to one of our "Big Questions" and students were asked to analyze America's involvement in World War I. Previously, students developed their own set of criteria about when the U.S. should go to war, so here they are asked to apply those ideas to the events that eventually led Woodrow Wilson, who had "kept us out of war" in the Election of 1916 to change his mind and ask Congress to send American troops into battle against Germany the following year.
Students get their information from a series of documents, both primary and secondary, I compiled using a variety of internet resources. And because a shared set of documents are linked to students' slides, I can both see who has opened the documents and use highlighting techniques to guide students as they read. This system has worked well for us, particularly when we are working online.
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So welcome to the new version of my blog! I plan to use this space to share the activities I've built for my freshman U.S. History classes as well as a few tutorials along the way. Our course started in August with Westward Expansion and Industrialization and based on our current pacing we will end with the Vietnam War. While our standards actually take us to present day, I just don't see us getting that far on our current schedule. And since this is our first year teaching with these standards, I am going to have to do some work this summer to make it further on what is (hopefully) a more normal schedule.
So let's get to it. In previous years, I have been able to rely on my students' prior knowledge of World War I to guide us as we start this section. However, because of the changes to the state standards, my school elected to swap the order of our courses. This means that my freshmen will not take World History until next year. And while they can understand the American role in the war without knowing the larger context, I wanted to give them a least a bit of background knowledge. So in this lesson, they will work their way through some of the key details, preparing them for our look at the reasons the U.S. goes to war in the next lesson. Next year, I will expand this section so that students have a deeper understanding of the material.
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My name is Angela Zorn. I work full-time as an educator at Bullitt Central High School in suburban Kentucky where I teach US History. In addition, I provide training & consulting services throughout the United States.
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