The Causes of the First World War Lesson

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Learning objectives

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the causes of the First World War. They will develop an awareness of the key people, events, and concepts associated with this event, including militarism, imperialism, alliances, and nationalism. Students will have the opportunity to achieve this through choosing their own method of learning, from reading and research options, as well as the chance to engage in extension activities. This lesson includes a self-marking quiz for students to demonstrate their learning.

How would you like to learn?

Option 1: Reading


Step 1: Download a copy of the reading questions below:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by reading this webpage:


Option 2: Internet research


Download a copy of the research worksheet and use the internet to complete the tables.


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Extension activities