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.
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.
CHOICE BOARD DIRECTIONS:
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.
CHOICE BOARD VIDEOS AND READINGS:
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 12: Trench Warfare
Slide 13: Aviation
Slide 14: The Battle of Saint Mihiel
Slide 15: The Argonne Forest
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?