Discuss The Treaty of Versailles
Learn how WWI is commemorated
- Internet access
- World War I by the Numbers Poster
- Video: Section 8, “From Armistice Day to Veterans Day”
- The Paris Peace Conference Activity Sheet
- Create a World War I Commemoration Activity Sheet
- Answer key
- Make copies of The Paris Peace Conference Activity Sheet for your class.
Step 1: Explain that the war on the Western Front ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. War continued in Africa for weeks and the Middle East for years. Display the classroom poster, and discuss the legacy of the war.
Step 2: Tell students that delegates met in Paris in 1919 to resolve the war and negotiate the terms of peace. Distribute the The Paris Peace Conference Activity Sheet. Have students conduct research to answer the questions. Ask:
How do you think the Treaty of Versailles contributed to another horrible conflict 20 years later?
Step 3: Based on their research, ask students to draw up changes they would make to the Treaty of Versailles. Have them explain why they believe their changes would create more lasting peace.
Step 4: Watch Section 8 of the video at scholastic.com/thegreatwar. Discuss how WWI was commemorated, including Armistice Day and its evolution to Veterans Day. You might also show Video 7: “Innovations of WWI” to discuss other legacies of WWI in technology, language, and art.
Create a World War I Commemoration Activity Sheet
Video: Section 7, “Innovations of WWI”