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.

Centennial Commemoration: April 6, 2017

In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace

On April 6, 2017, the United States commemorated the centennial of its entry into World War I at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Explore the education materials from this event, for a unique teaching and learning opportunity.

In partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
World War I: Lessons And Legacies

Smithsonian Poster Exhibition

In honor of America's entry into "The War to End All Wars" in 1917, World War I: Lessons and Legacies will explore the war and its lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life. Sparked...
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
A WWI Collaborative Activity

1914: Identifying Players and Perspectives

A collaborative activity that uses primary source documents to help students identify the countries involved in the war and the attitudes of these countries towards the war. Who blames who? And why?...
MacArthur Memorial
Video Lecture

1917 and the French Mutinies - André Loez

One hundred years after French mutineers shouted, "down with the war!" the legacy of the 1917 mutinies remains. Dr. André Loez presents an eye-opening lecture as he addresses how the mutinies inform...
Historic Timeline

1918 Pandemic Influenza

In 1918, a new influenza virus emerged. During this same time period World War I was taking place. The conditions of World War I (overcrowding and global troop movement) helped the 1918 flu spread.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Downloadable Teaching Guide

1919: Poems by Eve L. Ewing

Shortly after WWI, the United States experienced Red Summer, a tumultuous period of racial violence. Eve L. Ewing’s book of poetry tells the story of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot through the eyes of everyday people and explores the similarities between America’s past and present day. This downloadable companion teaching guide includes historical background, activities and lessons.

Haymarket Books
Online Article

6 Famous WWI Fighter Aces

To become an ace during World War I, a pilot had to shoot down five enemy planes. This article by Evan Andrews from HISTORY® explores six famous aces including the Red Baron and top American ace Eddie...