Lesson details


Social Studies

English Language Arts



Early 20th Century

Inquiry-Based Literacy

Reading - Informational Text


Employ a critical stance

Formulate logical questions

Gather/evaluate information from primary/secondary sources

Meaning and Context-Analyze/evaluate credibility/accuracy of information

Meaning and Context-Articulate ideas logically from credible sources

Meaning and Context-Consider viewpoints of others

Meaning and Context-Quote/paraphrase information without plagiarizing

Meaning and Context-Summarize details to support central ideas

Organize/categorize information

World War I - The Great War

Recommended Technology: 
  • Internet access, computer, tablets/iPads, or personal devices
  • Applications for sharing group work with class (Padlet, Evernote, etc.)
  • Applications for drawing, creating graphics (Apple Notes, One Note, Adobe Sketch, etc.)
  • Applications for  presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.)
Other instructional materials or notes: 

Social Studies textbook for Grade 8

Commemorating the "War to End All Wars"

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

In this unit students will review the events leading up to the United States’ involvement in World War I, analyze President Wilson’s speech to Congress asking them to vote favorably for war, explore its effects on South Carolina and how South Carolinians contributed to the war efforts, and how it was perceived through media such as propaganda posters. Students will then design a war memorial commemorating South Carolina’s war efforts.

Essential Question: 

How would you commemorate a war?

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