This activity in an introduction to WWI and the conditions in Europe before the outbreak of war.
As students enter class, we suggest playing 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.
The teacher can then hand out the student guide. Students can find all of the information required by exploring our virtual exhibition. Almost all of the answers can be found on the first page of the exhibition, War Breaks Out. We also offer a PowerPoint presentation if you prefer that option.
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.
This activity can now be filled out directly on your computers – no need to print! To use the fillable function, be sure to download the PDF.
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