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  • Objective: This interactive classroom activity engages students with food conservation during the World War I by using primary source material from the World War I in Ohio Collection on Ohio Memory. This packet includes three activities using war posters, a newspaper bulletin, and rationing calendar with supplemental materials.
  • Audience: Grades 9-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 4, 15. High School Modern World History 4.
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing classroom activities.
  • Credit: This resource was created by staff of the Ohio History Connection for Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Resources are provided for free and are available for non-commercial use and reuse with attribution to the Ohio History Connection.

  • Objective: These interactive classroom activities teach students how to analyze primary sources by engaging them with diaries and scrapbooks composed by men and women abroad during World War I, all of which are freely available in their entirety in the World War I in Ohio Collection on Ohio Memory. The “A Soldier’s Experience” activity connects students to the daily life of a soldier and two personal, first-hand accounts. Students can investigate the biases of public media and the dissemination of wartime news in the “World War I from an American in Paris” activity.
  • Audience: Grades 6-12
  • Standards Alignment: Literacy in History/Social Studies. Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. High School American History 1, 3, 14. High School Modern World History 1, 3, 13.
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing “A Soldier’s Experience” classroom activity.
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing “World War I from an American in Paris” activity.
  • Credit: This resource was created by staff of the Ohio History Connection for Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Resources are provided for free and are available for non-commercial use and reuse with attribution to the Ohio History Connection.

  • Objective: The following education materials have been created to engage students with digitized Polish-American newspapers. Students will learn how to search the Chronicling America website to find evidence of the past, detect bias in newspaper articles, and place current immigration issues in a historical context.
  • Audience: Grades 9-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 2, 12, 17
  • Contents: Each lesson contains educator outline, worksheet (and answer key, if applicable) and presentation in the following formats: PDF, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.
    TitleEducator OutlineWorksheetPresentation
    Polish-Americans React to President William McKinley's AssassinationWord | PDFWord | PDFPowerPoint | PDF
  • Credit: These resources were created by the Ohio History Connection for the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress. They are provided for free and are available for non-commercial use and reuse with attribution to the Ohio History Connection.

 

World War I

  • Objective: Introduce students to the role and contributions of African American World War I soldiers.
  • Audience: Grades 6-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 2, 4, 13, 15, 17
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing lesson plan, extension activity and additional resources.
  • Credit: This lesson plan was written by Paul LaRue. A retired thirty-year high school social studies teacher, Paul has received numerous state and national teaching awards. He serves as a member of the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee.

  • Objective: Introduce students to veterans’ organizations and their connections to World War I.
  • Audience: Grades 6-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 1, 2, 4, 15, 16
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing lesson plan, extension activity and additional resources.
  • Credit: This lesson plan was written by Paul LaRue. A retired thirty-year high school social studies teacher, Paul has received numerous state and national teaching awards. He serves as a member of the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee.

  • Objective: The following education materials have been created to engage students with digitized German-American newspapers. Students will learn how to research using Chronicling America, how to translate and analyze foreign-language texts, and gain a deeper understanding of the German-American experience in Ohio during World War I (WWI).
  • Audience: Grades 9-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 2, 12, 17
  • Contents: Each lesson contains educator outline, worksheet (and answer key, if applicable) and presentation in the following formats: PDF, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.
    TitleEducator OutlineWorksheetAnswer KeyPresentation
    The Growth of Anti-German Sentiment during WWI in AmericaWord | PDFWord | PDFn/aPowerPoint | PDF
    Assault on German LanguageWord | PDFWord | PDFn/aPowerPoint | PDF
    Anti-German Hysteria in OhioWord | PDFWord | PDFWord | PDFPowerPoint | PDF
    Researching WWI and the Attack on German-American CultureWord | PDFWord | PDFn/aPowerPoint | PDF
    German-American Letters to the Editor during WWIWord | PDFWord | PDFn/aPowerPoint | PDF
  • Credit: These resources were created by the Ohio History Connection for the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress. They are provided for free and are available for non-commercial use and reuse with attribution to the Ohio History Connection.

  • Objective: Illustrate connections between Ohio’s industrialization and World War I, including immigration and the role of corporations in the war effort.
  • Audience: Grades 6-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 2, 8, 10, 14
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing lesson plan, extension activity and additional resources.
  • Credit: This lesson plan was written by Paul LaRue. A retired thirty-year high school social studies teacher, Paul has received numerous state and national teaching awards. He serves as a member of the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee.

  • Objective: Introduce students to the role and contributions of African American World War I soldiers.
  • Audience: Grades 6-12
  • Standards Alignment: High School American History 1, 2, 4, 15, 17
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing lesson plan, extension activity and additional resources.
  • Credit: This lesson plan was written by Paul LaRue. A retired thirty-year high school social studies teacher, Paul has received numerous state and national teaching awards. He serves as a member of the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee.

  • Objective: This resource guide helps teachers to use World War I source material from the World War I in Ohio Collection on Ohio Memory in the classroom. The material included in this resource guide engages students with the soldier experience from enlistment and training to service overseas.
  • Audience: Grades 6-12
  • Standards Alignment: Literacy in History/Social Studies. Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. High School American History 1, 3, 14. High School Modern World History 1, 3, 13.
  • Contents: Click to download PDF containing resource guide and additional resources.
  • Credit: This resource was created by staff of the Ohio History Connection for Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Resources are provided for free and are available for non-commercial use and reuse with attribution to the Ohio History Connection.