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The Origins and Course of World War I (1905-1918)

In this 12 week course, students will investigate in depth the alliance system, international rivalries and tensions in Europe that led to WWI; covering the key battles and associated essay skills needed for the History IGCSE qualification.
Janelle Hopkins M.Ed
221 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 2 learners
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
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- the reasons behind the formation of the Triple Entente
- the significance of the imperial and economic rivalry between Britain and Germany
- the ways in which arms increased the tensions between the two alliances systems 
- the impact of the Anglo-German rivalry in North Africa on the increasing tension between European powers
- the significance of conflict in the Balkans for increasing tension in Eastern Europe
- the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo led to the outbreak of war in 1914
- the impact of the failure of the Schlieffen Plan
- life and fighting in the trenches
- the significance of key battles, such as the Somme and Passchendaele
- the impact of the German threat to Britain from the North Sea
- the significance of the U-boat threat for the conduct of war
- the reasons why the Gallipoli campaign was a failure
- the key factors of the Ludendorff Offensive in the spring of 1918
- the significance of the US entry into the war
- the reasons why Germany lost the First World War
I have a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics that required me to take a number of various political and historical classes on past and present civilizations around the world.  I also have a Masters of Education in Secondary Social Sciences (history, political science, etc).  I am certified by the state of Alabama to teach social sciences for grades 7-12.  I have also taught world history for over three years and have researched world history and its politics for 20.
Unless otherwise indicated by parent/guardian, students will answer exam style IGCSE History questions and teacher will provide feedback.
Unless otherwise indicated by parent/guardian, students will answer exam style IGCSE History questions and teacher will provide feedback.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Politically sensitive topics: i.e. war and weapons - included is information about trench warfare, weapons of WWI.  Information will be presented in an age appropriate manner and with appropriate context of these issues and state of the world at that time.
Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) History
Clark, Christopher.  The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 


Janelle Hopkins M.Ed
Lives in the United States
Secondary Social Sciences
221 total reviews
270 completed classes

About Me

Hey y'all! My name is Janelle and I am a History teacher but not your average History teacher. History isn't just about dates and who did what to whom. History is about discovering the motives behind why a country/civilization/empire did what they... 
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