On this page you will find lists of people, places, and dates to include in lessons about World War I.
Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) The 28th President of the United States who led the United States in World War I and helped form the League of Nations
General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing (1860 - 1948) General in the United States Army who led the American forces during World War I
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863 - 1914) Heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne whose assassination in Sarajevo marked the beginning of World War I
David Lloyd George (1863 - 1945) - Prime minister of Great Britain during World War I
Lawrence of Arabia (Thomas Edward Lawrence) (1888 - 1935) British soldier who
organized the Arab revolt against the Turks during World War I
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859 - 1941) Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia during
World War I
Czar Nicholas II (1868 - 1918) The last tsar of Russia who was executed (along with his family) by the Bolsheviks
Vladimir Lenin (1870 - 1924) Founder of the Bolsheviks and the leader of the Russian
Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973) Highest-scoring American fighter ace in World War I
Alvin C. York (1887 - 1964) American soldier in World War I who received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest
Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron" (1892 - 1918) German fighter pilot who is
considered the top ace of World War I
The Lusitania - A British transatlantic liner that was sunk by a German U-boat on May 7th, 1915, killing 1198 people, including 128 Americans
The Great War - World War I (1914-1918)
Triple Alliance - Pre-WWI alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy
Triple Entente - Pre-WWI alliance between Great Britain, France, and Russia
Central Powers of World War I - The nations of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey
Allied Powers - The countries of Great Britain, France, Russia, Belgium, Italy, and
the United States
Isolationism - Foreign policy approach taken by the United States during the initial years
of World War I
Trench Warfare - The type of combat used in World War I in which the opposing troops
fought from trenches that were facing each other
Western Front - The Battleground in France and Belgium where the German and the Allies fought in trenches during World War I
No Man's Land - The strip of land between the trenches of the opposing German and
Allied forces during World War I
Conscripts - Soldiers who were drafted into service
Infantry - Foot soldiers of an army
Doughboy - An informal name for an American infantryman in World War I
Tommy - An informal name for a private in the British army
Shell shock - Mental distress and exhaustion caused by the stress of prolonged engagement in warfare
Howitzer - A short cannon capable of firing shells high into the air
Maxim gun - The first automatic machine gun
Vickers gun - A British machine gun
U-Boat - A German submarine
Ace - A fighter pilot who shot down at least five enemy planes
Dogfight - A battle fought in the air between fighting aircraft
Reconnaissance - Observation to gather information about the position and movement
of enemy forces
Periscopes - Tube containing mirrors or prisms that allowed soldiers to see over the top
ot their trenches.
"Over the top" - Charging out of the trench, often into enemy fire
Spanish Flu - An influenza pandemic that lasted from 1918 to 1920 and killed millions of people worldwide
Armistice - An agreement between opposing armies to stop fighting in order to discuss
Armistice Day - The anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1919
Treaty of Versailles (1919) - The peace treaty that officially ended World War I
Bolshevik Revolution - Seizure of power by the Bolsheviks under Lenin in November 1917
Wilson's Fourteen Points - President Wilson's plan for a peace negotiation after World War I
The League of Nations - Organization that was created after World War I to help nations
settle disputes peacefully
June 28,1914 -Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia
April 6, 1917 - United States declares war on Germany
November 11, 1918 - Armistice Day: fighting stops at 11 A.M.
June 28,1919 - Treaty of Versailles: Peace treaty is signed by German delegates and Allies in Versailles
NeoK12 has a page about World War I that contains matching games, videos, maps, and quizzes.
Eyewitness to History has a page about America's involvement in World War I.
MrDonn.org has lessons and links for learning about World War I.
Firstworldwar.com is a multimedia history of World War I.
Coloring page of American Soldiers of World War I by Education.com
Jimmie's Collage has resources for a lapbook or notebook about World War I.
ActivityVillage.co.uk has printable Remembrance Day poems, including "In Flanders Fields" by Dr John McCrae.