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Guthriegabs About World History-World War I: The Great War 1914-1918

In this semester-long humanities class, students will learn the causes, timeline, and outcomes of WWI. At the end of each class, students will reflect upon the class content and write a poem to summarize the new content.
Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
406 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

CSS.D2.His.1.9-12. Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.

NCSS.D2.His.2.9-12. Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.

NCSS.D2.His.3.9-12. Use questions generated about individuals and groups to assess how the significance of their actions changes over time and is shaped by the historical context.

NCSS.D2.His.12.9-12. Use questions generated about multiple historical sources to pursue further inquiry and investigate additional sources.

NCSS.D2.His.14.9-12. Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.

NCSS.D2.His.15.9-12. Distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events in developing a historical argument.

NCSS.D2.His.16.9-12. Integrate evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations into a reasoned argument about the past.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
I have taught middle school world history and writing for over 15 years. I was the lead history teacher at my school and I have been named Writing Teacher of the Year for my school two times. I believe the best way to learn about history is by learning about it from the individual stories that can be told. 
I have also had the opportunity to walk in the trenches of Pacchenade, Ypres, the Somme valley, and Belleau Woods. I have been to Flanders Field and the Pool of Peace in Belgium. I have seen the damage of war that remains over 100 years later. My husband's grandfather fought in WWI and I have his stories to pass along.
Students may wish to edit and finalize their writing as homework or study further about each week's lesson. 
Writing paper, note templates provided by the teacher.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Quizlet
  • Kahoot!
Kahoot! review quizzes completed independently.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This is both a writing and a history class. Students will learn about the causes, key events, effects,  and technology of World War I. World War I cannot be discussed without talking about the realities of the war: the trenches, death, gassing, injuries, and longing for home. 
All references to the war are discussed from the human point of view, seen from the soldier's point of view...sometimes their point of view was of glory, and other times their point of view was one of despair.
This class does not glorify war or fighting. No one country is portrayed as superior to another in the outcome of the war. 
Imperial War Museum UK
US National Archives
Passanchdaele War Museum
Horrible Histories BBC
Poetry of WWI


Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed.
406 total reviews
629 completed classes

About Me

I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

 I speak French and love to travel to countries where I can immerse... 
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