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World War I Lesson 4 of 5

14-18 yrs old

Geography

Government and Politics

History

Topics covered include the causes of war, communication, strategy, and remembrance. What were some of the difficulties and dangers of trench warfare?

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October 22, 2020

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

World War I Toybox world

Minecraft: Education Edition world file

Trench warfare

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Supporting Files

World War I Toybox Assessment


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WWI Flight impact Notes PDF


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WWI Flight impact Notes DOC


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Learning Objectives

  • Students will discover the causes, involved nations, and resolution to World War I.
  • Students will experience Morse code as the primary communication method of the era.
  • Students will understand how the introduction of airplanes changed war strategy and casualties.
  • Students will experience the difficulties and danger of trench warfare.
  • Student will reflect on the lessons learned from war through visual art and narration.

Guiding Ideas

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies Themes

  • 2. Time, continuity, and change
  • 3. People, places, and environments
  • 7. Production, distribution, and consumption
  • 10. Civil ideas and practices

C3 Framework Dimensions

  1. Developing questions and planning inquiries
  2. Applying disciplinary tools and concepts
  3. Evaluating sources and using evidence
  4. Communicating conclusions and taking informed action

Introduction/Overview

The World War I world in Minecraft allows students to see, interact with, and explore some of the elements of the conflict while using out-of-game research, reading, writing, reflection, discussion, and art to enrich the whole learning experience. This lesson set ensures that students in high school courses have a basic understanding of the primary elements of World War I in a memorable and engaging methodology. Topics covered include the causes of war, communication, strategy, and remembrance. World War I toybox is structured and broken into five lessons over 4 weeks x 60 minutes per day.

Guiding Questions

  1. What started World War I, which countries were involved, and how was it resolved?
  2. Was Morse code an effective means of communication during the era?
  3. How did flight change how military operations fought?
  4. What were some of the difficulties and dangers of trench warfare?
  5. How can we honor the memory of those who fight in war?

Lesson 4 of 5

What were some of the difficulties and dangers of trench warfare?

Preparation and materials

  • Make a class Padlet or other virtual tool to capture a student brainstorm (lesson 1)
  • Make a class FlipGrid topic or other virtual tool to capture student responses (lesson 1)
  • Decide whether or not you wish to print copies of the Morse code decoding page (lesson 2)
  • Make a second class FlipGrid topic or other virtual tool to capture student responses (lesson 4)
  • Prepare art supplies or ask students to bring some to class (lesson 5)
  • Make a third class FlipGrid topic or other virtual tool to capture student responses (lesson 5)

Student Activities

Lesson 4 of 5

Students fly to the trenches (-92 61 -186) and encounter NPC Horace Pippin. 

NPC Pippin says, "I spent my time serving in the African-American infantry during WWI. We spent more time in combat than any other military unit. Read more about our unit and how we fought."

Buttons on the NPC take students to the following sites:

Direct students to write a physical, paper letter from the perspective of a trench solider writing home to his family during World War I. It is important that this exercise is done on paper because that is authentic to what would have happened during this time period.

Create a class FlipGrid topic (or other virtual response tool) for this topic and post the guiding question. Students select a 30-second portion of their finished letters to read and share with the class.

Students travel to the next NPC Supply Solider next to the supply truck down the path after Horace Pippin and encounter NPC Supply Solider.

NPC Supply Solider says, "One of the primary tasks of a solider during WWI was to transport supplies from the depot to the front. We had to navigate the dangerous trenches to do so!"

Button on the NPC takes students to the following site: Read more

Students read the article. Consider having a class Socratic seminar or other formal discussion protocol on the horrors of the trenches and the reason so many soldiers died in this style of warfare. You may also choose to provide a prompt and assign a virtual, written, threaded discussion. This discussion is the assessment for this lesson.

As a class, brainstorm a list of supplies that the soldiers would have needed - or wanted - at the front. Help direct students so that the list includes the following items that are already included in the Minecraft world and are listed in the article provided:

  • Ammunition
  • Letter from home
  • Bandages
  • Tin of beef
  • Chocolate

Students enter the Minecraft world and find the supply truck (-94 61 -205). They remove the five items listed above from the supply truck and then navigate to the stairs on the right past the truck (-96 61 -183). Once students cross the pressure plate at the top of the stairs, the simulation begins! Students must travel through the trenches to the front supply station (-163 55 -157) by completing the maze through the trenches without dying. TNT (bombs) will drop from the sky and they must avoid them to make it to the finish.

If students die from the explosions, they will respawn at the start of the activity and may try again or continue to another part of the world.

Performance Expectations

Differentiation

  • Allow students to skip the simulation
  • Allow students to use a Read Aloud feature to increase comprehension of the articles
  • Allow students to pre-write their responses for the class discussion

Extension

Students could read actual letters written from the front during WWI as primary sources to their learning.

Assessment

Class discussion

4 - Student participates in this class discussion in a way that invites others to join in. Student uses affirming tone and language when responding to others.

3 - Student participates in the class discussion with details from the reading. Student uses respectful tone and language when responding to others.

2 - Student participates in the class discussion but does not give details from the reading. Student uses neutral tone and language when responding to others.

1 - Student does not participate in the discussion or uses tone or language that opposes a positive classroom culture.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

World War I Toybox world

Minecraft: Education Edition world file

Trench warfare

Resource

Supporting Files

World War I Toybox Assessment


Resource

WWI Flight impact Notes PDF


Resource

WWI Flight impact Notes DOC


Resource