Effects of WWI

Contributor: Sarah Lerdal. Lesson ID: 11055

WWI not only changed the face of Europe; it changed American society. Minorities found new hope and challenges after the war in ways that still affect us today. Create your own podcast about a group!


United States

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Throughout WWI, Black men were encouraged to fight.

The image below shows some of the 369th Regiment soldiers who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action.

369th Regiment 1919

Look at this movie poster for a 1915 documentary called Our Colored Fighters used as a rallying call for Black men to join the military.

Imagine for a moment you are fighting a war for the country you love, putting your life and health on the line. When you come home victorious, you hope you have returned to a more democratic country where all its citizens are equal.

  • What do you think?
  • Did Black men return home to a more welcoming America?

Think about the question above.

Over 350,000 Black males fought in segregated units during WWI. Although they returned home hopeful, they continued facing prejudice and discrimination.

Create a graphic organizer to use as you learn throughout this lesson.

  1. Start by drawing a circle in the center of your paper and writing "Effects of WWI" in the center.
  1. Each time you learn about a new effect, write it in a smaller circle and draw a line from the center of your web to connect the larger and smaller circles.
  1. Add any important or interesting details in a smaller circle that connects to the effect.

Now, explore the Effects of World War 1: What Exactly Were They? and watch the two videos below.

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  • Within your research findings, what information did you find to be the most surprising?
  • What effect do you think created the greatest overall change in the United States?

Continue to the Got It? section to examine some major changes in society.

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