Charmed Soldiers Lesson Plan

Good Luck Charms

During WWI, many individuals kept good luck charms to help them hold onto hope, regardless of how scary their situation was. In this lesson, students will explore the online exhibition Charmed...
Crafts Tutorial

Making Good Luck: Nenette and Rintintin

Nenette and Rintintin were woolen dolls often made by French children or servicemembers’ French sweethearts. Many sailors, soldiers, volunteers and especially pilots believed the dolls became lucky...
Coloring Pages

Good Luck Postcards

Easy to mass-produce and popular, porte bonheur (good luck) postcards sold in millions across combatant countries. Styles varied, but many postcards had silk embroidery and featured a symbol of good...
Charmed Soldiers Lesson Plan

Artifacts of Hope

Students will use their exploration of the online exhibition Charmed Soldiers to inspire a modern charm. Through creativity, roots in history, and research, students will defend their design through...

Our Community and WWI

During this lesson, students will research local and/or family histories to discover a story of WWI with a personal connection. After completing research, students will create a mini biography to...

Will You Remember Me?

With this lesson, students will assess the impact World War I had on various nations as they examine monuments from around the world. Students will then process their learning to design their own WWI...

Bespoke Bodies Educator's Guide

This 4-part lesson set is designed to help students learn more about prosthetic design and prosthetics in WWI, while taking students through an empathetic design process. All or some of these lessons...
Interactive Timeline

Bespoke Bodies Educator's Guide: Digital Timeline

This timeline of prosthetics in WWI will students through the evolution of medical technology during the war using primary sources and readings. Context is provided for developments before and after...
Primary Sources

Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

The Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia (MAPRR) creates a map of Russians’ sense of place-based identity and transformation through the tumultuous period between 1914 and 1922 using...
University of Virginia
Videos and curriculum support

WWI and the Middle East

WWI had a profound impact on the Middle East, shaping the region's political, social, and cultural landscape for decades to come. This teacher resource webpage on WWI and the Middle East features some...
1919 Rand McNally Pamphlet

The World, Today and Yesterday

From the archives of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, "The World, Today and Yesterday" was a pamphlet published by Rand McNally in 1919. It includes maps of the changes to countries and territories brought about by the war, as well as information on the treaties, the League of Nations and provides summaries on key figures and events.



Article for Young Readers

Fifteen Animals That Went to War

Many animals served as mascots to boast morale, but others were put to work. Dogs helped lay telephone wires, camels carried the wounded, and horses wore gas masks while doing their job. This...
Imperial War Museums
Article by Nancy Bristow

Pandemic Then and Now: Lessons from the 1918 Influenza

As American soldiers mobilized for war in the spring of 1918, a handful of army physicians began noticing a worrisome influenza moving among their soldiers. Often resulting in a deadly pneumonia, it...
Video and Discussion Questions

The Influenza Epidemic: Educator Resource

The 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic was one of the deadliest in history, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide and killing upwards of fifty million people. Occurring against and worsened by the global movements of World War I, the pandemic added to the devastation felt by communities worldwide.