Study how different people around the world were impacted by the war
Present a research topic to the class
- Internet access
- Video: Section 3, “Global Impact of WWI”
- Where Did They Fight? Activity Sheet
- Answer key
- Make copies of the Where Did They Fight? Activity Sheet for your class.
Step 1: Share Section 3 of the video at scholastic.com/thegreatwar and discuss how the war impacted people around the world. Review the involvement of countries and European colonies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Cover different service roles, including soldiers, laborers, and porters. Also discuss the different theaters of the war that existed outside of the Western Front.
Step 2: Hand out the Where Did They Fight? Activity Sheet and discuss the different theaters of war on the sheet. Allow students to work in groups to research answers.
Step 3: Tell students that they will present the next part of the lesson. Assign topics from one of the two following research areas to groups:
The role of colonial soldiers and laborers who served in the war, including more than 3 million that came from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
The global nature of the war, including over 5 million civilian deaths, starvation and famine, the Armenian Genocide, the 1918 flu pandemic.
Step 4: Have students prepare 10-minute group presentations on their topics. Make sure they highlight important points. Ask:
Why do you think there is a focus on the Western Front and not other arenas of WWI?
Video: Section 5, “African Americans in WWI”
Video: Section 6, “Women in WWI”
Unsung American Heroes Activity Sheet