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World War I: What Price Glory

Explore the trenches of history with this engaging middle school World War I course. Uncover the gripping tales, pivotal events, and global impact of the “Great War” as we bring the past to life for a new generation of curious minds.

Total classes: 11

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th – 8th grade

Suggested credit: ¾ semester History

Special Notes: For a full year’s history credit, follow with World War II in the Spring semester.


World War One was known at the time as the Great War. It was the War to End All Wars. However, little was won, and much was lost. We will explore the events leading up to World War I, famous generals and battles, and any relevant legal issues that arose in America during this time period.


Week One – Causes of WWI

Week Two – Assassination of the Austria-Hungary Heir to the Throne

Week Three – The Western Front

Week Four – Weapons of War

Week Five – The Armenian Genocide

Week Six – The War at Sea and Intelligence

Week Seven – America’s Entry Into the War

Week Eight – The Women’s Role in War

Week Nine – The War Comes to an End

Week Ten – Review

Week Eleven – Presenting Projects (optional)

Materials and Homework

Course materials: Provided free online or by the instructor.

Homework: Original sources and legal documents will be reviewed, as well as short videos watched and analyzed. Assessment is measured through weekly auto-graded quizzes. Homework should take approximately one hour per week to complete. There is also a Final Project in which six hours of work is required. Students choose their hands-on project idea at the beginning of the course for instructor approval. Optional: students can present their project to the class in the last week.

Important Dates

Class dates: Mondays, September 9 to November 25, 2024. (No class Oct. 14)

Starting time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Pacific)

Duration per class: 60 minutes

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