Analyzing Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points

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The end of a war means the causes were resolved, right? Not for World War I. By examining Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, budding historians consider imperialism, nationalism, militarism, and alliances, as well as Wilson's efforts to address them as the causes of the global conflict. A series of questions guides them through Wilson's speech about his peace proposal. Responses are emailed to the teacher for easy assessment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the activity when covering the failure of foreign policy at the end of World War I
  • Offer lesson to review the causes of World War I
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners must have computer access 
  • Lesson breaks down a complex document
  • Activity can easily be modified for individual or group work
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