Depth study 3 – Australians at war: World War I (1914-1918)
A learning sequence where students explore the causes of World War I and reasons for enlisting.
An overview of the causes of the wars, why men enlisted and where Australians fought.
- outline the main causes of both wars
- locate and sequence the places where Australians fought in both wars
- explain why Australians enlisted to fight in both wars
As part of the learning in this unit, students will build a webpage outlining the causes of World War I, including:
- alliances – what role did the existence of the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance play in the outbreak of World War I?
- imperialism – how did the race to acquire new colonies create conflict between Britain, France and Germany?
- militarism – explain the significance of the arms build-up by France, Britain and Germany in the period leading up to the outbreak of World War I.
- nationalism – outline the significance of nationalist sentiment (belief in the greatness of one’s own country) in pushing the world to war.
- an annotated timeline of significant events and crises that led to the outbreak of the war including; Moroccan crisis, Bosnian crisis, and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary.
Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from History K-10 (2012) Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012