Friday, June 22, 2012

Website Spotlight: First World

Website URL:

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


I ask the students to work through the following links:

1. Read these articles to get a clear picture of a soldier's life in the trenches during World War One

a. First World -Life in the Trenches

b. Trench Warfare Photos (History Channel)

c. The Trenches: Symbol of Stalemate (The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century: this is a terrific website)

2. Posters in World War One

Go to Posters, United States.

Click through the posters on each of the 4 pages.

What is the intended audience? What does the government want people to do?

3. Read each of the following articles:

First World - Women and WWI

First World -No Man's Land

First World - Observation Balloons

First World -Poison Gas

First World -Creeping Barrage

First World -Big Bertha

First World -Tanks

First World - Snipers

First World - Wiring Parties

First World - A Night Counter-attack

First World - Alvin C. York
Internet Movie Data Base: Sergeant York (played by Gary Cooper)

First World - Hun

First World - Hitler in WWI

4. Songs from the website (they are organized by year):

Most Famous Song in U.S.:
Bio of George M. Cohan

Other noteworthy songs:

Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page: 

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