Europe: History and Its Influence: Europe and the World Wars


World Cultures Europe Europe: History and Its Influence: Europe and the World Wars
Students are introduced to Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. They learn about the causes and significant features of World War I. Then they explore and explain how and why Hitler was able to rise to power in the years after World War I. Next, they learn about key events in World War II. Finally, they learn about the Holocaust and write a personal diary response.

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Overview

In this experience, students are introduced to Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. They learn about the causes and significant features of World War I. Then they explore and explain how and why Hitler was able to rise to power in the years after World War I. Next, they learn about key events in World War II. Finally, they learn about the Holocaust and write a personal diary response.

It is impossible to cover both world wars in one experience in any real detail. This experience is designed as an overview. As you advance through the experience with students, emphasize the connection between geography and conflict. You may want to teach the experience over two sessions, focusing on World War I and its aftermath in one and World War II in a second.

Objective:

  • Describe the causes and effects of the World Wars.


The first half of the twentieth century was host to the two World Wars—horrific events that would leave a permanent mark on Europe. In this experience, you will learn about the era of the World Wars.

Objective:

  • Describe the causes and effects of the World Wars.




Soldiers Fighting in World War I


What do you already know about the two World Wars? Write a fact or two in the table below.





Discuss students’ responses. Correct inaccurate information when necessary.

Ask students if they know where the two wars began (Europe). Invite them to name the various countries on the two sides during the war if they know them.

Explain that students will learn more about the wars in this experience.


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