World War 1 - The Causes

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Activity 1

Comic Strip Sequencing
On that day in 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand made a few fatal mistakes that kicked off one of the biggest wars in the history of humankind! Draw a 3-piece comic explaining the events of the day.
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Activity 2

Reasons for War
Using what you learned in the video, try to think back to three of the reasons why a war was pretty much guaranteed even if the Archduke was never shot. (Hint hint they are in the video at the playground)
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Activity 3

The Flags of War
The list of some countries who eventually got involved in the war are down below. Research what each flag looked like during WW1. Then draw it in the box above the country.
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From the Curriculum

Strand: Eras of Change and Conflict
Strand Unit: World War 1

Curriculum Objectives

The child should be enabled to become familiar with aspects of these periods:
1) reasons for these changes and conflicts.
2) people, organisations and events involved in bringing about change or adapting to change.
3) record the place of peoples and events on appropriate timelines.

Learning Objectives

-use the language of history including: chronology, timeline, causes, sources.

-sequence the events leading up to the start of WW1.

-identify some of the reasons why WW1 started.

-use online sources of information to research the flags of WW1 countries.

Learning Activities

-Video Stimulus: watch the video stimulus explaining the causes of WW1, pausing the video when prompted to answer stimulus questions.
-Comic Strip Sequencing: draw a three piece comic strip that explains the events of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.
-Summarising: using the video content, summarise three reasons why war was inevitable, even without Ferdinand's assassination.
-Flag Research: using ICT resources, research the flags of various countries that took part in WW1. Research carefully to make sure you are finding sources that show WW1 flags not modern flags.


-Teacher Designed Tasks:
1) Comic Strip Sequence
2) Reasons for War
3) Flag Research Sheet

-Teacher Questioning:
1) Can you identify a few reasons why WW1 started?
2) Can you put the events of Franz Ferdinand's assassination in order?

Rang Maher