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World War I Resources, Grades 6-8

Found in: arts, language arts & literature, social studies, 6-8

August 4, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914-1918). These lessons, activities, and multimedia resources will help support a historical study of one of the most devastating wars in European history and the arts and literature it inspired.

Lesson Plans

World War One Through Posters
Students (6-8) assess economic aspects of World War One and the influence of words and images on the public. This package includes a teacher’s guide, PowerPoint presentation, student worksheets, and supplemental resources. Free registration is required.  Project Look Sharp requires a free registration.

Weapons of World War I
Students (6-8) research weapons of World War I, compare them to weapons used today, and create a digital slideshow.

Chronicling America: Uncovering A World At War
Students (6-8) read contemporary newspapers to assess conflicting arguments for neutrality or involvement.

Great War Soldier’s Record
Students (6-12) use primary documents to examine the military service Donald Campbell, an eighteen-year-old private from Scotland.

Jutland: Death At Sea
Students (6-12) use primary documents to examine the Battle of Jutland in may 1916, the largest naval battle of the First World War.

Zeppelin Raids
Students (6-12) use primary documents to examine the Zeppelin raid on Hull in June 1915.

Lesson Collections

Peace: Unit 3: World War One has three lessons for students (6-8). Requires free registration.

Background Resources


Life On The Eve Of The War
Newspaper stories of 1914 on fashion, cars & planes, food, Art & Culture, and Women’s Rights

The 100th Anniversary Of The Great War
Highlights five articles on the involvement of the United Sates in World War I and links to six lessons.

World War One
Themes, articles, collection items, teaching resources, including 40 lesson plans for middle school and high school.

A Guide To World War I Materials
This collection includes photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings.

First World War
A collection of letters, diaries, maps, and photographs.

Education Sessions And Resources - The National Archives
Battle plans, maps, and unit war diaries.

Great War 1914-1918
Information, worksheets, teacher’s notes, glossary, and maps.

Britain 1906-18
Six galleries cover the British people from 1906-18 including Civilians & War 1914-1918. A seventh gallery is review.

The Forgotten Army Of The First World War: How Chinese Labourers Helped Shape Europe
A six-part multimedia series tells the stories of laborers from China in Europe’s trenches with photos, eyewitness accounts, maps and news articles.

Propaganda 1914-1918
Students consider how and why the British government invested time, money, and effort in propaganda and consider how effective the efforts were.

The World War I Document Archive
Primary documents from World War One.

World War One
Includes guides on communication, medicine, finance, and more. News features and picture galleries.

WW1 - The Definitive Collection
A collection of WW1 films from British Pathé. Browse by topic.

EFG1914 Project (European Film Gateway)
Film from 23 European archives. Browse by topic.

World War I British Press Photograph Collection
Images of World War I used by diplomats overseas during the war.


World War I Sheet Music
Popular music collected from 1914 through 1920. Links to World War I posters.

War Composers - the music of World War I
A site dedicated to classical composers who fought during World War I.

The Art Of War
Illustration, propaganda, and celebration.

War Art
Art by men and women, posters, and propaganda.

Sketches To Finished Art
Use the slider to view preparatory sketches and final paintings of First World War Art.

Gallery: Poster Art Of World War I

First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Text, images, audio, and video. Includes online seminars on poets and aspects of literature, such as Analyzing A Poem Using A Computer.

The Poetry Of World War I
Poems by year, audio, and articles.

Sassoon Journals
The notebooks of soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon



Great War Trench Game
Students (K-8) assume the role of a Tommy who must first collect and then deliver the correct map to Captain Brown before he and his troops go over the top. Time is short and the trenches are difficult to navigate and the rats dangerous.

Trench Warfare Over the Top - An Interactive Adventure
Students (5-8) assume the role of a young Canadian soldier stationed at the Western Front in an activity that offers opportunities to make choices. Unfamiliar terms are highlighted and link to definitions.

Trench Warfare
Students (5-12) choose tactics and weapons in four missions to hold ground and protect their men.

World War When?
Students (9-12) put events of 1914-1919 in chronological order to win an Animals of War certificate. Events must be placed in the correct month of the correct year. Students get three chances and two hints.


The Great War And The Shaping Of The 20th Century
Seven episodes of the eight part PBS series are available on this playlist. Episode seven is not.


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