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World War I Centennial Commemoration Curriculum

The Center of Military History proudly presents a standards aligned digital curriculum commemorating the World War I Centennial.

Each lesson consists of:

  1. Standards aligned Lesson Plan for 9-12th grade educators
  2. Digital Presentation
  3. Three Engagement Activities for interactive use with the digital presentation
  4. The Military Lens: An extension project with accompanying presentation slides
  5. Lesson Quiz

Lesson 1

Introduction to President Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson Portrait

Woodrow Wilson
Image Source: Library of Congress

Lesson 2

Naval Warfare and the Lusitania

Painting of Lusitania Sinking

RMS Lusitania
Image Source: German Federal Archive

Lesson 3

The Interception of the Zimmermann Telegram

The Zimmermann Telegram
Image Source: National Archives

Lesson 4

Declaration of War

Photograph of president Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress to declare war on Germany
Image Source: Library of Congress

Lesson 5

The Nation at War

Historic American Newspapers. April 1917
Image Source: Library of Congress

Lesson 6

Out of the Trenches to Peace After War

Gas masks for man and horse demonstrated by American soldier, circa 1917-18.
Image Source: National Archives

Lesson 7

The Paris Peace Conference, Treaty of Versailles & League of Nations

The war of the nations : portfolio in rotogravure etchings - compiled from the Mid-week pictorial.
Image Source: Library of Congress

Bonus Lesson

World War I: Medicine and War

A collection of presentations by noted historians, clinicians, and experts in the field of World War I presented by the Army Medical Department Museum Foundation and the Society for the History of Navy Medicine with the support of the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and financial support from the Society for Military History.

Additional Resources

A collection of Army unit history text and pictorial resources including unit combat service, unit participation, and unit mobilization.

  • Battle Participation of Organizations of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, Belgium and Italy 1917-1918

    A compiled register of campaign participation for Army units for World War I, showing where and when each unit fought.

    Download PDF [12MB]

    Combat Service of Organizations of the United States Army in the World War

    A compiled register by sector and date of U.S. Army units serving in World War I.

    Download PDF [8.6MB]

    Composition of National Guard Divisions and Disposition of Former National Guard Units 1916

    A listing of National Guard units showing their pre-war state origins.

    Download PDF [3MB]

    Report on Mobilization of the Organized Militia and National Guard of the United States 1916

    A list of all National Guard units mobilized for service on the Mexican border prior to U.S. entrance into World War I.

    Download PDF [21.3MB]

    Sector Activities American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front and Italy 1917-1918

    A list of the geographic combat areas for each officially named Army campaign.

    Download PDF [1.3MB]

    Service of Major Organizations of U.S. Army Outside Continental Limits of the U.S. During the World War

    Geographic combat area activities for U.S. Army units containing 20,000 troops or more.

    Download PDF [3.5MB]

    U.S. Official Pictures of the World War

    A pictorial history of the American Expeditionary Forces.

    Download PDF [732.5MB]

U.S. Army Center of Military History Presents
"The Great War" | Video Series

This series details America's involvement in the war from the causes that led to the United States entering the war through the final battles and aftermath of the peace treaty.

  • Episode 1 - Peace Without Victory

    Episode 2 - Building An Army

    Episode 3 - Joining the Fight

    Episode 4 - Turning the Tide

    Episode 5 - Coalition Warfare

    More episodes coming soon...

Who They Were: Sharing the Story of Your Local World War I Generation

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day® have launched Who They Were, an activity that engages students in commemorative activities and connects them to their local WWI story. Students use the Activity Toolkit (link below) to create a short presentation about their community’s World War I generation, which they can share at a WWI event in their school or community. Participants can also upload their work to the online Who They Were map, and explore what other classes or groups from around the country have discovered.

Activity Toolkit