World War I: American Experiences of War

World War I: American Experiences of War

World War I: American Experiences of War

Use primary sources in your classroom to analyze Americans' experiences during World War I.

The World War I: American Experiences of War Primary Source Packet familiarizes students with Americans' war experiences during the Great War Years (1914 - 1918). The sources in the packet and the corresponding guiding questions give students a strong foundation of essential World War I knowledge.

Kit Contents

  • 23 full-color photographs of objects, posters, newspapers and songs
  • Discussion questions, context, guiding questions for each source

Sources included:

  • Soldier’s handmade trench candle. 1914-1918.
  • U.S. Army issue gas mask and bag. 1914-1918.
  • French aeronautical map in holder. 1914-1918.
  • Decorated flour sack banner. Circa 1914-1918.
  • German Black Bread. Circa 1914-1918.
  • Western Union Telegram. 1917.
  • Leila Heath and others. 1917-1918.
  • William Krensing. 1918.
  • Surgical dressing units, St. Paul. 1918.
  • Minnesota Commission of Public Safety Order No. 37. 1918.
  • Bemidji Daily Pioneer. April 6, 1917. Page 1.
  • Bemidji Daily Pioneer. November 11, 1918. Page 1.
  • Rochester Daily Post and Record. November 11, 1918. Page 1.
  • “What are you going to do for your country?” American Red Cross poster. Circa 1914-1918.
  • Draft registration card for Fulda man. September 12, 1918.
  • The Tomahawk. September 12, 1918. Page 1.
  • The Twin City Star, August 3, 1918. Page 1.
  • The Appeal. December 28, 1918. Page 1.
  • “Remember Belgium.” Bond drive poster. 1918.
  • “On Which Side of the Window are You?” Enlistment poster. 1917.
  • “Enlist in the Signal Corps.” Enlistment poster. 1917-1918.
  • Camp Songs of the United States Army and Navy. 1917-1918.
  • “They Were All Out of Step But Jim”. Sheet music. 1918.

Standards

World War I American Experiences of War Common Core ELA Standards
World War I American Experiences of War Minnesota ELA Standards
World War I American Experiences of War Minnesota Social Studies Standards
World War I American Experiences of War National Social Studies Standards and C3 Framework

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