Ms. Yingling Reads
"This is a short but very informative book jam packed with information."
The Children's War
“What sets this new work from Nomad Press apart from so many other books about WWI for young people is the stress on using primary sources. I can't recommend this book highly enough.”
School Library Journal
“This title examines the events surrounding World War I. A time line, which begins with Germany’s unification, helps frame the book’s content. Each chapter begins with Rauch’s cartoon illustrations, which help to communicate the chapter’s topic. Lesser-known details about the war, such as the Choctaw code talkers from the United States and the French taxi cab drivers who aided in the war effort, are discussed alongside more familiar facts.”
“The 7-chapter text integrates elements of the Social Studies C3 framework dimensions including gathering and evaluating evidence, questions, and investigations. This is done creatively through the inclusion of many primary source documents including posters and quotes. It also presents multiple opportunities for reader engagement such as QR codes to explore supplemental information, comic strips at the beginning of each chapter, research ideas, vocabulary discussions and connections to the world.”
Detailed Book Description
World War I sustained these staggering casualties: 9 million dead soldiers, 12 million or more civilian lives lost, millions more wounded. But those numbers only hint at the devastation, both political and personal, that lies at the heart of the Great War.
World War I: The Great War to End All Wars brings to light the key details of this critical juncture in history, which marks the transition to a modern era in which mass destruction became not only a possibility but a reality through military technologies a century in the making. By focusing not only on military life on the battlefields and in the trenches but also at anti-war protest movements, art and popular culture, homefront efforts across the globe, and experiences in British and French colonies, this book offers a sense of how this war penetrated all corners of the world and impacted all of its peoples emerges. Essential questions guide readers’ investigations while hands-on activities promote critical and creative problem solving, and text-to-world connections highlight the way the past provides context for the present-day world.
Try these critical-thinking activities!
- Research recruiting on the football and rugby pitch
- Analyze the messages and the messengers
- Discover satire in the pre-war years
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Beyond the War Room
It Begins With a Very Big Bang
The Dominoes Fall
All’s Not Quiet on the Western Front
A Different Kind of War
The Eastern Front and the Russian Revolution
Neutral No Longer
War’s End, A Fragile Peace
Legacies of WWI