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World History: Semester Course for World War One / WW1 (The Great War)

Melanie Wiancko
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,257)
In this 8-week online course, students will learn about the events of the Great War.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Growing Issues in Europe
Tensions in the Balkans, Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, Alliances, tensions between Austria-Hungary and Serbia
 Week 2
Lesson 2
The Great War Begins
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie's assassination, the ultimatum, alliances form, the start of the Great War
 Week 3
Lesson 3
The Western Front
Germany invades Western Europe, the Schlieffen Plan, Western Alliances, the First Battle of Marne, Christmas Truce of 1914, RMS Lusitania, zeppelins
 Week 4
Lesson 4
The Eastern Front
Russia invades East Prussia and Poland, Russia's internal struggle, the Ottoman Empire declares war, Japan and China's involvement, the Armenian Genocide
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Trench Warfare & Weapons
Life in the trenches, chemical weapons (ex. Mustard gas), new advances in technology and weapons
 Week 6
Lesson 6
The Homefront
Propaganda, Conscription, women in the war effort, war bonds, rationing
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Tides Turn 1917-1918
The United States joins the war, the Russian Revolution, Hundred Days Offensive
 Week 8
Lesson 8
The End of the Great War
The Treaty of Versailles, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, the League of Nations
Students will use historical thinking concepts to analyze Great War history.
Students will be able to understand the key events which shaped the Great War. 
I have an undergraduate degree in History and I am a certified teacher with qualifications to teach intermediate and senior divisions of History. I have specifically studied this era thoroughly and the major events that occurred during this time. All of the class content will be researched information that is from factual reliable sources accompanied by my extensive knowledge on these subjects. 
Homework Offered
Each week there will be an optional task assigned to the students. The task will be explained in class to go over expectations and answer any questions students may have. The tasks will vary in activities and length of time but should take on average 30 minutes to 2 hours (depending on the task and the length of time the student wants to spend). Types of tasks: Exit Tickets: Google Form questionnaire Short Videos and Handouts Short Readings Interview Task Write a Letter Individual Kahoots Accommodations can be made for individual students based on their learning needs and abilities. Please feel free to reach out to me and share your student's learning experience and if they have an IEP or any learning skills they are working on or need assistance with.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Individual Google Docs ('Progress Sheets') will be shared with the students to help students track their progress in completing weekly tasks and to get weekly feedback on their tasks. Students will complete their tasks outside of class time and submit them to the teacher as completed for feedback.
Grades Offered
Students will be given individual marks and feedback on each task they complete throughout the course. This will be updated on their progress sheet as the course progresses. Students will be given a percentage grade at the end of the course which will be a reflection of their weekly tasks. They will also be given written feedback on their overall participation and effort in the course at the end of the course. If students opt out of the optional tasks, students will be provided with written feedback on their participation at the end of the course. If students do not complete the tasks and do not participate in class, or leave the course early for whatever reason, no final assessment will be given.
Students are encouraged to take notes if that helps their learning.
Worksheets to help students follow along with the lessons will also be provided prior to each class which students can either print or have open on another device. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
- This class discusses content related to war. Images, videos, and class content will be monitored to ensure that information is age-appropriate. Please let me know if you have any specific questions regarding this.
- This class will use Kahoot. It is an online website (you do not require an app or need to download anything). Students will be provided with a link in our class time through Zoom chat, which they will use to take them directly to the game. They will then play the game using their first name only, no other private information will be required. 
- 'The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History' - Goff, Moss, Terry, Upshur, Schroeder
- Imperial War Museums https://www.iwm.org.uk/
- History.com
- Facing History 'The Brutal Realities of World War I'
- The Canadian Encyclopedia 'Trench Warfare'
- 'Life at the Front' https://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/life-at-the-front
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,257)
Hello Outschool families,

My name is Melanie Wiancko, but you can call me Mrs. Mel! I am a Canadian teacher who loves solving puzzles, hiking, jogging, reading, and playing games! I hope to offer courses that spark your interest in history,... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 33 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-15
3-10 learners per class

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