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Michigan WWI Education

Michigan in WWI Primary Sources

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election

Library of Congress
Digital collection of excerpts from political speeches.
https://www.loc.gov/collections/world-war-i-and-1920-election-recordings/about-this-collection/

The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson

NBC-TV/Encyclopedia Britannica Films
Documentary from the 1950s, narrated by Herbert Hoover, on the life of Woodrow Wilson.
https://archive.org/details/ordealofwoodrowwilson

Versailles Newsreels

British Pathé
Newsreels covering the Versailles peace conference and its repercussions.
https://britishpathe.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/versailles/

League of Nations Photo Archive

Indiana University
A look into the events and overall climate in the United States prior to entering the war.
http://www.indiana.edu/~league/

Topics in Chronicling America: WWI Declarations

Library of Congress
A collection of newspaper articles announcing declarations of war at the start of WWI.
https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/ww1declarations.html 

The World War I Document Archive

Michigan WWI General Resources

The Great War: A Visual History

American Battle Monuments Commission
Significant events from the war shown on an interactive map and timeline.
https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/interactive/interactive_files/WW1/index.html

The USA Before Joining WWI

The Great War Channel
A look into the events and overall climate in the United States prior to entering the war.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57JKPEryvXQ&feature=youtu.be&list=PLB2vhKMBjSxNUxpltTT98mcQlIqyVzfjG

WWI Leaders

HISTORY.com
Photo gallery and descriptions of world leaders during the war.

Kaiser Wilhelm II: The Last German Emperor

The Great War Channel
An introduction to Kaiser Wilhelm II.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKe8WYiHCao

Breaking News: Austrian Heir and His Wife Murdered

National WWI Museum and Memorial
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand presented as a modern-day news story.
https://theworldwar-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/prod/s3fs-public/June28_1914_BreakingNews.pdf

Tanks in WWI

Library of Congress
A collection of newspaper articles on the newly invented tank.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/tanks.html

Flying Yanks: American Airmen in WWI

American Battle Monuments Commission
An interactive look at the evolution of aviation during WWI.
https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/interactive/interactive_files/FY/

Battle of the Somme

Epic History
Video on the brutal first day of the Somme Offensive in 1914.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqvALkpsfRo

Ypres-Lys Offensive

American Battle Monuments Commission
Battle interactive following the paths of American forces in 1918 as they fought alongside the Allies to liberate Belgium and northeastern France.
https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/interactive/interactive_files/YL_Website/

WWI Warfare

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
WWI combat footage from the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive.
https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn1004540

The Volunteers: Americans Join WWI

AFS Intercultural Programs
Full unit on American involvement in WWI
http://thevolunteers.afs.org/lesson-plans/#

WWI Lesson Plans

Uncovering a World at War

Uncovering a World at War
National History Day
Students use newspaper articles to examine Americans' stances for and against joining the war.
https://www.nhd.org//sites/default/files/Chronicling-America-LP.pdf

Americans on the Homefront Helped Win the War

National Archives DOCSTeach
Students match documents to visualize ways that Americans contributed to the war effort on the homefront.
https://www.docsteach.org/activities/teacher/americans-on-the-homefront-helped-win-world-war-i

The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations

National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment!
An investigation into why Congress rejected the League of Nations. Students compare speeches by Woodrow Wilson and Henry Cabot Lodge.
https://edsitement.neh.gov/curriculum-unit/debate-united-states-over-league-nations

U.S. Entry into WWI Text Comparison

Stanford History Education Group
A lesson analyzing the factors that led to America's entry into WWI. Students to compare a textbook entry with a speech from Woodrow Wilson and an excerpt from Howard Zinn's A People’s History of the United States.
https://sheg.stanford.edu/history-lessons/us-entry-wwi

The Zimmerman Telegram

National Archives DOCSTeach
Students examine the Zimmerman Telegram to determine whether the United States should enter the war based on its information and implications.
https://www.docsteach.org/activities/teacher/the-zimmermann-telegram?mode=browse&menu=closed&era%255B%255D=the-emergence-of-modern-america&page=2

Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Policy

National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment!
A four-lesson unit covering the successes and failures of Wilson’s policies and their lasting importance in international relations.
https://edsitement.neh.gov/curriculum-unit/woodrow-wilson-and-foreign-policy

The Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles

National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment!
Students use primary sources, maps, and supporting documents to examine the treaty and the troubled postwar peace that followed.
https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/great-war-evaluating-treaty-versailles

The Opper Project: The League of Nations

Ohio State University
Students learn about the League of Nations and the surrounding controversy through editorial cartoons.
http://hti.osu.edu/opper/lesson-plans/league-of-nations

1914: Identifying Players and Perspectives-A World War 1 Collaborative Activity

MacArthur Memorial
Students use newspaper headlines, quotes, photos, political cartoons, and posters to identify mystery countries and learn the roles and perspectives of European countries at the start of the war.
http://macarthurmemorial.org/DocumentCenter/View/1416

In Their Shoes: WWI Through the Eyes of Early Participants

MacArthur Memorial
Students are assigned a profile of an individual who played a role in the conflict, and they keep a journal from that person's perspective throughout the WWI unit.
http://macarthurmemorial.org/DocumentCenter/View/1862

Woodrow Wilson: War and Peace

PBS American Experience
Lesson complementing the PBS American Experience documentary The Great War, examining President Wilson's reasons for entering the war.
https://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/amex29gw-soc-usaenters/the-great-war-the-united-states-enters-world-war-i-american-experience/?#.Wql8QmCGMSV

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