Causes of WWI, affects on Australia and the Middle East

Lesson Plan
29-2-08

Introduction
In yesterdays lesson I discussed the direction of the topic and intention to focus on 20th century history 1900-1945. Students read the VCE guide for the 20th century history 1900-1945 that in many ways informs the year 10 topic. I stated my intention to focus on conflict as an agent of change and how World War 1 profoundly affected the Middle East and Australia society. As an engagement exercise I gave the student a short quiz about WWI, the class was divided up into groups and each group focused on one theme. Teams where given 20 minutes to find the answers. The remaining questions were set as as homework.

In today’s lesson I wish to go into more depth regarding the causes of World War 1 and the consequences for Australia and the Middle East.

House Keeping:
Outline requirements and resources to complete Stolen Generation assignments.

The Great War.

Activity 1.
Teacher gives the students a background to the causes of WWI.

Activity 2.
In groups of four complete one of the following tasks.
Each group is allowed to ask the teacher 2 yes or no answers.
Great War Research Activity 2. [word document]

Changing Map of Europe. 1914 to 1921.
Find a map of Europe before WWI and after the conflict. Explain to the class in the form of an oral presentation how the map radically changed. Each team member presents at least one question.

1. What empires and countries existed before the war?
2. What empires were broken up or ceased to exist after the war?
3. What new countries appeared after the war?
4. Why did war bring about such dramatic change?

Changing Map of the Middle East. 1914 to 1921.

Find a map/s of Middle East before WWI and after the conflict. Explain to the class in the form of an oral presentation how the map radically changed. Each team member presents at least one question.

1. What countries and empires controlled the Middle East before the war?
2. What empire ceased to exist after the war?
3. What new countries appeared after the war?
4. How did the European powers divide the Middle East after the war?

These great PBS websites will help you:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/maps/pol.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/questions/nations/index.html

The changing face of Australia during the war.
Explain to the class in the form of an oral presentation how Australia changed during the war. Each team member presents at least one question.

1. Why did Australia enter the war?
2. Did most Australians initially support the war and why?
3. What was a white feather?
4. By 1916 there was a growing opposition to the war, why was this?
5. What was conscription?
6. How did the government try to introduce it and why did it fail?

The role of women in WWI
Explain to the class in the form of an oral presentation the role women played during the war. Each team member presents at least one question.
Hint: Australia will be the best country to focus on because women had the vote.

1. What role if any did women play in army?
2. Did women take on any “traditional” male jobs during WWI?
3. Did any women actively support the war, eg recruit campaigns?
4. Did any women actively oppose the war?
5. What role did women play in the conscriptions debate?

Homework
All students finish answer all the questions above.

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