Unit #8: World War I: 1915
  Learning Target: I can IDENTIFY the factors which plunged Europe into the First World War in 1914.

I know I know it when: I can EXPLAIN the causes of the First World War including Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, and Alliances.

I am learning this because: World War I was a conflict that could have been easily avoided.  The lessons of World War I can be used to avoid even more costly conflicts in the future.

Directions: Please follow the directions in the box below to complete the assignment.  Be sure to complete the assignment and carefully check your work before submitting your assignment for a grade. 

Part 1: True or False?

1.   At the start of World War I, enthusiasm for the conflict was high!  Nationalism brought out volunteers to fill the ranks of the warring parties and most people felt the war would be over quickly.  The year 1914
     saw Austria-Hungary invade Serbia to punish the Serbs for the death of Arch Duke Ferdinand.  It was also the year that Germany launched a bold offensive on the Western Front to knock France out of the war
     and defeated the Russian steam roller in the East.  While 1914 saw bloodshed, it was only the beginning of the horrors in the years to follow.   

      Take a moment to download the World War I: The War in 1915 Student AssignmentBe sure to click File > Save As Google Slides before you begin

2.   First, before reading the text, carefully Read each of the statements below.  Indicate on the line in your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment whether you feel the  statement is
      true “T” or false “F”.       

      1.______  In 1915, the United States and Canada allied themselves with Germany and joined World War I. 

      2. _____   The Gallipoli campaign was designed to capture the cape of good hope & open a supply line to Russia.

      3.  ______Lawrence of Oakland was a British soldier who helped Arabs defeat the turks in the middle east.

      4.  ______ In 1915 Germany began the use of unrestricted submarine warfare and sunk the Lusitania.

3.   Now read pages 753-755 to find the correct definitions for each statement.  Rewrite the correct definition below each phrase in your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment.
      with the page number that contains the answer.


4.  Be prepared to discuss each statement with the class. 


Part 2: Geography of War - 1915

1.   Use the map in your text book on page 748 or the map below to complete the map on slide #5 of your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment

2.  Drag the labels into their correct location.  You can also use your text tool.


3.  Be prepared to discuss each location with the class. 


Part 3: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

1. Now, read the following passage below about the "Unrestricted Submarine Warfare".  Use your highlighter tool inside your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment. to identify the most important information
    in the text.


Unrestricted Submarine Warfare:

Britain's blockade across the North Sea and the English Channel cut the flow of war supplies, food, and fuel to Germany during World War I. Germany retaliated by using its submarines to destroy neutral ships that were supplying the Allies. The formidable U-boats (unterseeboots) prowled the Atlantic armed with torpedoes. They were Germany’s only weapon of advantage as Britain effectively blocked German ports to supplies. The goal was to starve Britain before the British blockade defeated Germany.


On May 7, 1915, German submarine U-20 torpedoed the Lusitania, a Cunard passenger liner, off the coast of Ireland. Nearly 1,200 men, women, and children, including 128 Americans, lost their lives. The Allies and Americans considered the sinking an act of indiscriminate warfare. The Germans asserted the Lusitania was carrying war matériel and was therefore a legitimate target.


Faced with the possibility that the U.S. might go to war over the incident, Germany backed down and ordered its U-boat fleet to spare passenger vessels. The order, however, was temporary.  Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare in the years that followed. 




2.  Answer the questions at the end of each slide in your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment

1.  How did the British blockade of the North Sea effect Germany?

    2.  What was the goal of Germany’s U-Boat Campaign?

    3.  What famous ship was sunk by a German U-Boat?

    4.  Why did Germany stop unrestricted submarine warfare for a time?


3.  Be prepared to discuss Unrestricted Submarine Warfare with the class.

Part 4: The War in 1915 Graphic Organizer

1.  Research each of the following 1914 World War I battles on slide #9 of your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment to complete the graphic organizer. 

     You may wish to use the Spartacus timeline or firstworldwar.com to get started.

2.  For each of the battles on the graphic organizer, but sure to find the following information: (DO NOT COPY AND PASTE)

    - Date and location of the battle?

    - Important people at the battle?

    - Who won the battle?

    - How many men where killed or wounded at the battle? 


3.  Be prepared to discuss each battle with the class. 


Part 5: Submit your work for a grade

 1.   Once you have completed your World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment, use the Google Form below to submit your work for a grade.  Be sure to check
       your answers using the World War I: The War in 1915 Student Assignment

 2.    Carefully check your answer and submit your work for a grade. 

      Turn in your WWI 1915 Here!

3.    Good Job!

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