Lesson 4 - US Enter WWI

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 4 - US Enter WWI

After almost two and a half years of neutrality, on 6th April 1917, the United States of America declared war on Germany and entered the First World War.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Examine a range of resources and explain why the U.S. entered the First World War in 1917.
  • Using the information from the links as an example, prepare and complete a creative response to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Opportunities for Cross Curricular learning

Using ICT

The resources examine the topic utilizing a number of different media, which serve to engage pupils with the material, challenging them to think more creatively and encourage discussion.

The project could inspire tasks that would support presenting, researching, animation and working with sound.



The resources provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.


Opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content, pupils have the opportunity to investigate meaning, explore ideas and analyse the information they are provided with. Within their individual learning, through group work and by questioning ideas, there is ample scope within the materials to include a focus on TS & PC. For this section, the following strands from the TS & PC framework are the most obvious to consider:

Managing Information

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • ask focused questions;
  • use a range of methods for collating, recording and representing information; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • sequence, order, classify, and make comparisons;
  • use different types of questions; and
  • make connections between learning in different contexts.

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • make new connections between ideas/information;
  • learn from and value other people’s ideas;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • give and respond to feedback;
  • take personal responsibility for work with others and evaluate their own contribution to the group; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • organise and plan how to go about a task;
  • focus, sustain attention and persist with tasks; and
  • compare their own approach with others’ and in different contexts

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Plan and create an animation about the sinking of the Lusitania.

Using the downloadable resource pack from the Creative Centenaries website, create a 2D animation which tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania. Each animation should also have a voiceover explaining what happened why it was relevant.

Areas of Learning: The Arts (Art and Design), Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education), Environment and Society (History)


Plan and create a design for a recruitment poster using the style and imagery of the period.

Investigate some of the posters used to publicise the need for recruits to join the armed forces. Note the appeals to patriotism and duty, and the figures used to attract attention. Using typefaces and designs that reflect the style seen in the period examples, draft the copy for a recruitment poster and an image to use.

Areas of Learning: The Arts (Art and Design), Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education), Environment and Society (History)

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