As students enter class, play All for You, Sophia by Franz Ferdinand (Scottish rock band, 2000s, song about the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, beginnings of WWI). This will catch the students’ attention and is a great hook to what’s ahead.
Teacher hands out the of student guide. Teacher to explain and review requirements for the timeline. Students to take notes required for the timeline while they view the presentation. See student handout.
Teacher to show presentation on chain of events leading up to WWI, with European and world context, the Canadian and Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR) roles. More information here and in the presentation. Additional videos: Assassination of Franz Ferdinand- cartoon Simple History, 1:42 minutes and this excellent 12 minute video by Epic History introducing the beginning of the War, massive casualties and world context. July 1914-December 1914. The links are also in the presentation document.
Maps of Europe and timeline
See student guide for details on the activity. Maps of Europe in 1914 and 1919 can be found in the presentation (Activity A and C in the student guide). See the table here for dates of when different countries entered the war (Activity B).
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