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World War I Causes Project (Academic) (USII.5c)
Objective: You are to create a picture book covering the seven (7) causes or reasons why countries joined World War I. This small picture book must be made using computer paper and cannot be any bigger than the size of a sheet of paper. You can make the book smaller if you like, such as on half a sheet of paper. Each cause will be a separate page. The picture book needs to be bound in some way. This project is worth 30 points.
For this project, you need to include the following:

  • The name of each cause and its definition

  • One (1) background sentences, which need to be clear, detailed and complete, on why just one of the countries involved in World War I joined the war due to that cause

Choose from the following countries: British Empire, France, Russia, Serbia, Belgium, German Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bulgaria or Ottoman Empire

  • One (1) summary sentence, which needs to be clear, detailed and complete, on why that cause led to all countries joining World War I

  • For causes #6 and #7, two (2) sentences will need to be written on why these two causes (unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmermann Telegram) led to the United States joining World War I

  • A picture, which needs to be historically accurate, that matches the two (2) sentences (this picture can be either hand-drawn or from the computer – if you include a picture from the computer, you need to give the URL for that picture)


Here is a checklist for completing this project (This checklist will be turned in with your project):
1. Nationalism (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book)



2. Alliances (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book)


  • “Alliances” written on page

  • Definition of Alliances given

  • One (1) background sentence written, explaining why Alliances led one (1) country to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • One (1) summary sentence written, explaining why Alliances led all countries to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • Historically accurate picture about Alliances shown (URL included if picture is from the computer)


3. Imperialism (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book)


  • “Imperialism” written on page

  • Definition of Imperialism given

  • One (1) background sentence written, explaining why Imperialism led one (1) country to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • One (1) summary sentence written, explaining why Imperialism led all countries to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • Historically accurate picture about Imperialism shown (URL included if picture is from the computer)


4. Militarism/Arms Race (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book)


  • “Militarism/Arms Race” written on page

  • Definition of Militarism/Arms Race given

  • One (1) background sentence written, explaining why Militarism/Arms Race led one (1) country to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • One (1) summary sentence written, explaining why Militarism/Arms Race led all countries to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • Historically accurate picture about Militarism/Arms Race shown (URL included if picture is from the computer)


5. Assassination (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book)


  • “Assassination” written on page

  • Description of the Assassination given

  • One (1) background sentence written, explaining why the Assassination led one (1) country to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • One (1) summary sentence written, explaining why the Assassination led all countries to join World War I – this sentence should be clear, detailed and complete

  • Historically accurate picture about Assassination shown (URL included if picture is from the computer)


6. Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book


  • “Unrestricted Submarine Warfare” written on page

  • Description of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare given

  • Two (2) sentences written, explaining why Unrestricted Submarine Warfare led the United States to join World War I – these sentences should be clear, detailed and complete

  • Historically accurate picture about Unrestricted Submarine Warfare shown (URL included if picture is from the computer)


7. Zimmermann Telegram (all items listed below should be on one page of the picture book)

  • “Zimmermann Telegram” written on page

  • Description of the Zimmermann Telegram given

  • Two (2) sentences written, explaining why the Zimmermann Telegram led the United States to join World War I – these sentences should be clear, detailed and complete

  • Historically accurate picture about the Zimmermann Telegram shown (URL included if picture is from the computer)


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