Grade 9 Unit 2 World War I

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Global Studies                                              

Grade:  9

Unit: World War I                                                       

Pacing:  Four Weeks

Essential Questions:

1.      What were the consequences of European imperialism prior to World War I?

2.      In what ways do nations deal with and resolve conflict on the world stage?  Do resolutions permanently solve problems, or can they lead to further conflict?

3.      What impact did technological and scientific advances have on World War I?

4.      How did nationalism help start World War I and what impact did the idea of nationalism have during the course of the war?

Big Ideas:

1.      Expansion (imperialism) carries consequences.

2.      There are various ways nations work with or against each other to achieve their goals.

3.      New technological and scientific changes made World War I the most deadly conflict the world had seen up to that point.

4.      Nationalism can both pull countries together and tear them apart in times of conflict.

CT State Standards


1.3-3:  Explain the causes and impact of imperialism.

1.3-4:  Explain examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs.

1.3-8:  Analyze the impact of technological and scientific change on world civilizations.

1.3-9:  Analyze the impact of nationalism on world events.


1.3-6:  Compare and contrast economic systems across historical time periods.

1.3-10:  Analyze the causes and results of political/social revolution.

1.3-11:  Evaluate the role and impact of the individual on historical events.

1.3-12:  Evaluate the impact of major belief systems on societies and nations.

1.4-2:  Use maps, charts and graphs to analyze how geographic location and resources

            influenced historical imperialism.

1.6-4:  Analyze man-made factors that cause human movement.

1.7-1:  Compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world

            attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

1.7-2:  Analyze the relationship between the government and international organizations.

1.9-1:  Give examples of how individuals or groups have worked to expand or limit

            citizens’ rights in the United States and other nations of the world.

1.10-1:  Describe how a nation’s availability of resources has changed over time.

1.13-2:  Analyze examples of the impact of cultural diversity in different nations.

 “Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


-Causes and impact of imperialism

   *reasons European nations established


   *”battle” to establish colonies

-Examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs


   *Alliance System

   *”Powder Keg”

   *Course of the War

   *Treaty of Versailles

   *League of Nations

-Impact of technological and scientific change


   *Poison Gas

   *Machine Guns



-Impact of nationalism

   *nations come together

   *collapse of empires= ethnic groups











































Common Formative Pre- Assessment:



“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):


-In class individual and small group work


-Q and A

-Closure Activities


Common Formative Post- Assessment:



Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


Primary/Secondary Sources

Map Activity

Graphic Organizer


Power Point/Smartboard


Student Created Posters


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Alliance Simulation, Biography- Woodrow Wilson,  Primary Source- Kaethe Koowitz’s War Diary, Poets of World War I, “Isak Dinesen’s Letters from Africa”, Map Activity- Major Battles of World War I, Map Activity- Allies and Central Powers, Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles Activity, Primary Documents- The Zimmerman Telegram


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Entente, Militarism, Alsace and Lorraine, Ultimatum, Mobilize, Neutrality, Stalemate, Zeppelin, U-boat, Convoy, Dardanelles, T.E. Lawrence, Total war, Conscription, Contraband, Lusitania, Propaganda, Atrocity, Fourteen Points, Self-determination, Armistice, Pandemic, Reparations, Radicals, Collective security, Mandate


-Geography Quiz= Major Locations of World War I

-Analyzing Political Cartoons

-“The Germans Enter Brussels” Activity

-Analyzing Primary Source= “The Peace Settlement”

-“Wars and Revolutions” Activity


   *”AllQuiet on the Western Front” Activity

   *Link To Literature Activity= “Pale Horse, Pale Rider”

-Math:  Reading Graphs Activity= “Resources of the Allies and Central Powers”

-Science:  Research the effects of Poison Gas on World War I soldiers.  Write a diary entry of a soldier who survived a poison gas attack.