Students will investigate some of the long term and short term causes that contributed to the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914. They will look at how causes are linked and discuss the importance of each factor.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to: describe each factor that contributed to the outbreak of war and say how at least one factor links to another.
Most students will be able to: describe each factor that contributed to the outbreak of the war in detail and explain how at least 3 of the factors are linked together.
Some students will have progressed further and will: use subject specific vocabulary to explain the significance of each factor and give reasons why some factors are more important than others; be able to show how all factors are linked and explain how long and short term factors combine.
Students will complete a piece of extended writing at the end of the unit for which they will be given a National Curriculum Level.
How to help your child
Parents can help by asking their children to explain factors to them. They can encourage their children to do some further background research and to watch any documentaries that may be on television about the outbreak of the war. Useful websites to look at include:
- http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history/videos/causes-of-world-war-i – overview video
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir1/underlyingcausesrev1.shtml – information
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir1/causes_war1act.shtml – interactive activity