WWI Teacher Workshop: Teach Like An Ace

Event Details

Thu, Feb 13, 2020
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Education Center

1s151 Winfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189
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Join us for an interactive and interdisciplinary WWI Teacher Workshop. This one-day workshop is sponsored by the World War One Centennial Commission in partnership with the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. It offers a blend of meaningful content and primary source focused methods for teaching WWI and its enduring impact. Learn to debunk common WWI misconceptions, the war’s impact on civil liberties, how to teach beyond the Western Front and why we need to teach WWI now more than ever.

Register at the DuPage Regional Department of Education. It is course #840-WWI
Homeschool and other educators outside of DuPage are welcome to register. There is no fee.

Contact Melissa Tyer with questions at MTyer@FDMuseum.org or 630-260-8274

Workshop Modules:

Relevance of WWI Today
Activity: Group discussion – What are the challenges teachers face when teaching WWI?
This module proves the foundations of the 20th and 21st centuries are located in WWI: adoption of technologies from wristwatches to advanced prosthetics; the seeds sown for social changes and international situations like western suspicion of Communism; global economic issues like the fight for oil. Discuss important questions and new ways to teach this era in class.

Historical Deliberation: What role should the United States play in international conflicts?
Activity: Practice Forum
The time and place: October, 1915 in the U.S.A.
The question: What role should the United States play in international conflicts?
When confronted with a serious decision and three options, what will your students decide? The process of historical deliberation, a problem-based learning method, is taught and demonstrated with a replicable issue guide in a participatory practice forum.

The War’s Impact on Civil Liberties
Activity: Primary Document Review and Analysis
Did all Americans agree with the U.S. going to war? How were protests made? How did the U.S. government respond to criticism about the nation’s involvement in the war?

Teaching Beyond the Western Front
Activity: Geography Activity
We are familiar with what took place along the western front, but it’s equally important to know WWI affected millions of people in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Who were these people and why/how were they involved in the Great War?

 Curator’s Presentation of WWI Artifacts
William Brewster, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park Curator of Collections

Education Resources from the First Division Museum
Melissa Tyer, Museum Educator

Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are by Lora Vogt, Curator of Education at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.  

Funding for the WWI 360 workshop series generously provided by the United States World War One Centennial Commission