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The Great War Value 1.0


Prerequisites

Nil


Specific Unit Goals

This unit should enable students to:



A Course

T Course

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to analyse historical information and achieve independence in researching

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to solve problems of evidence and achieve independence in researching

  • communicate a logically developed, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • critically analyse significant individuals, social groups, places, events, movements and technologies related to World War I

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of events of World War I

  • evaluate factors that led to the outbreak and resolution of World War I

  • analyse and critically examine significant historical factors and events that contributed to outcome of the World War I

  • identify the impact and results of World War I

  • evaluate the impact and results of World War I

Content

A study of this unit should include the following topics. There is scope for some areas to be treated in more depth than others. Topics for study will be guided by teacher expertise and student interest.

Causes and Background to World War I

Militarism/Industrialisation/Imperialism

Franco-Prussian War

Rising tensions between European powers

Emergence of the Alliance System

Arms Race and military preparation (Schlieffen, Plan 17 etc.)

Balkan Wars

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand

July Crisis

War on the Western Front

Battle of the Marne and the emergence of the Stalemate

Trench Warfare and Technology

Attempts to break the Stalemate

Major Offensives (Somme, Verdun, Third Ypres etc.)

Ludendorff Offensive and the Hundred Days

War on the Eastern Front

Battle of Tannenberg

Conditions and difficulties

Impact on Russia

Brest-Litovsk Treaty

Other Fronts

Gallipoli

Palestine

Middle East

Atlantic

War on the Home Front

Domestic impact on a selection of belligerent nations (Britain, Australia, Germany, France, America etc.)

Use of propaganda

Conscription and domestic policies

Resolution

Impact of American involvement

Armistice

Treaty of Versailles

Post-war Europe

Impact and legacy of World War I on Europe

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Refer to page 30.



Assessment Task Types

Refer to page 32.


Student Capabilities




Evidence could be in:

Student Capabilities

Goals

Content

Teaching and Learning

Assessment

creative and critical thinkers









enterprising problem-solvers












skilled and empathetic communicators










informed and ethical decision-makers











environmentally and culturally aware citizens











confident and capable users of technologies











independent and self-managing learners










collaborative team members











Resources

Refer to pages 41-79 for resource.




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