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World War I WebQuest

"The War To End All Wars"  

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The WWI WebQuest is designed to help you answer the essential question "What is it like to be in a conflict". You will use primary sources to explore the experience of different participant's roles in World War I and what it may have been like to have been in 'their shoes'. As you examine the role and perspective of each of these participants, you will:

[Stage 1]
Synthesize an understanding of how war affected your particular participant's viewpoint and experience of this war.
[Stage 2]:
Share this understanding with a larger group comprised of all the different types of participants, in order to be able to write an analysis and response to the essential question.
[Stage 3]:
Provide a group presentation, to the rest of the class, to help all of us understand "What is it like to be in a conflict".

In order to begin the World War I WebQuest, click on the image of the participant you are assigned to study. Once at that page, follow the instructions listed there as you explore the three-sets of primary sources.
Remember, you are exploring these pages in order to answer the question "What is it like to be a participant in a conflict".

A teacher's guide [Unit of Practice] and the student worksheets can be found at

soldier's experience

pilot's experience

nurse/medic's experience


leader/officer's experience


experience of civilians in the war zone

journalist's experience


experience from the homefront

Picture Bibliography:

Plotke, Jane et. al. "WWI images, plate 34." The World War I Document Archive. Last Updated: January 11, 1999.. The Great War Primary Document Archive, Inc.. December 28, 1999. <>.
Lee, Stuart and Groves, Paul. Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature. October 1998. the Oxford University Computing Services Home Page . 1 January 2000. <>.
Cosmas, G.A (ed.). "Marine Flyer in France." The World War I Document Archive. 29 December 1996. Great War Primary Documents Archive, Inc. 28 December 1999. <>.
Cosmas, G.A (ed.). "World War I: Introduction." From War to Normalcy: An Introduction to the Nation's Forum Collection . 19 October 1998. The American Memory: Library of Congress. 28 December 1999. <>.
Wever, Bill et. al.. "World War I - Burt County, NE.." NE GEN Web Project. 8 November 1997. US GEN Web Project. 28 December 1999. <>.
Wielinga, M.P.. "Civilian Refugees 1914-1918." Refugees in the Netherlands during the First World War. 14 October 1999. [last viewed: 28 December 1999]. <>.
Doll, M.F.V.. "The Poster War - For Home and Country." The Poster War: Allied Propaganda Art of the First World War. 21 March 1999. The Provincial Museum of Alberta. 28 December 1999. <>.
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The World War 1 WebQuest can now also be found at
  • the Apple Learning Exchange []. The ALI is an online community where educators can share, learn and communicate. It provides detailed ideas and examples for teaching with technology that can help you integrate new media into your work. Apple collaborated with the National Science Foundation and the New American Schools Development Corporation to create a structured curriculum framework for sharing lessons, and named it Units of Practice (UOP). It provides a 'warehouse' of Units Of Practice that have been reviewed, approved and rated. Each UOP is developed by an experienced teacher, and exemplifies an approach to integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. Each unit has detailed state and national standards correlated to it. The WW1 WebQuest is listed under UOP #2650.
  • the SCORE History/Social Science site []. The 'Schools of California Online Resources for Education' website was begun as a program of the Curriculum and Instructional Steering Committee of the California County Superintendent's Education Services Association and is now funded and managed through the California Technology Assistance Project. The H-SS resources listed here have been selected and evaluated by a team of educators from across California. These particular sites were chosen for their accuracy, grade appropriateness, and richness. The WW1 WebQuest may be found in the grade 10 and grade 11 section, under Activities for World War I units of study.
  • the WebQuest Page []. This site is hosted by the Educational Technology Department at San Diego State University, and is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web. The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March, and was outlined then in Some Thoughts About WebQuests. The WW1 WebQuest may be found in the examples section, under the column: grades 9 - 12 and the row: Social Studies.
last updated 16 December, 2005

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