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World War I

World War I

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching World War ITeacher Pass

Teaching World War I Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • What role did the US play in WWI?
      • At what stage in the war did the US enter?
      • How critical were American troops to the Allied victory?
    • Did the United States earn the right to define the terms of peace?
    • Did President Wilson succeed in doing so?