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Lesson Plan: Choice Board: World War I

The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand


This document is a choice board covering 16 different events and topics occurring during World War I. For each topic, students are provided a link to a C-SPAN video clip asked to answer questions addressed in the video clip. Teachers can customize this document as needed -- the current directions ask students to complete 5 slides, but that can be adjusted. This is a multi-day activity that can be done in person or via distance learning.


  • SET-UP:

    Open the Choice Board - World War I Google Slides Presentation in Google and choose "File" then "Make a Copy" to get your own copy. Make any needed adjustments in the instructions and then make it available to students (via Google Classroom or another method).

    Update the directions on the first slide of the choice board with your own instructions to students if you choose. The board currently requires them to complete 5 total topics, but you can adjust that before you send to students. Additional instructions for teachers can be found on the Teacher Notes Google Doc linked below.

    Each student will need their own digital copy of the Google Slides (via Google Classroom or some other method); they will also need a Google account to be able to complete the work.

    CHOICE BOARD: World War I (Google Slides)

    TEACHER NOTES: World War I (Google Doc)


    Share the Google Slides document with the students and instruct them to make a copy of the choice board that they can edit.


    Students will complete a total of five slides on the choice board. Students should keep track of which slides they have completed by clicking and dragging the poppies over each completed box on the choice board.

    For each slide, students will need view the video clip and answer the questions relating to each video clip on the slide.


    Below are the video clips included in each of the slides.

  • Slide 2: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  • Slide 3: The United States’ Role

  • Slide 3: American War Cemeteries

  • Slide 5: War Poster

  • Slide 6: Fort McHenry Hospital

  • Slide 7: African American Soldiers

  • Slide 8: Women in the War

  • Slide 9: American Soldier Equipment

  • Slide 10: German U-Boats

  • Slide 11: Weaponry

  • Slide 12: Trench Warfare

  • Slide 13: Aviation

  • Slide 14: The Battle of Saint Mihiel

  • Slide 15: The Argonne Forest

  • Slide 16: The End of the War


    After completing the required tasks, students should turn in their completed Google Slides by submitting the URL with the completed Google Slides to you electronically.

    Review student responses and address any misconceptions.


    Classroom Museum Exhibit- Students can select one of the topics they learned about and create an artifact to include in the exhibit along with a written explanation describing its significance.

    Newspaper Article- As a journalist, write a newspaper article describing the circumstances of one of the topics that was covered during this time.


    Respond to one of the following prompts by providing a written response:

    • How should people remember World War I today?

    • How do the events and legacy of World War I impact the world today?

    • Compare the events and tactics of World War to other wars that you have studied. How are they similar? How are they different?

Additional Resources


  • Archduke
  • Armistice
  • Artillery
  • Aviation
  • Propaganda
  • Treaty
  • Trench Warfare


U.S. HistoryWorld History


Middle SchoolHigh School