World War I

National History Day has engaged with several partners to commemorate the World War I Centennial. NHD has created (and is creating) resources to offer different perspectives on the war, engage students with unique primary sources, and remember those who served and sacrificed as part of the war effort.

Use the orange buttons to explore resources that can be beneficial to NHD classrooms and projects.

World War I Webinar Series
World War I Silent Heroes and Veterans
Who They Were World War I Toolkit
World War I Lesson Plans
World War I Webinar Series

The World War I Webinar Series is sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. The first phase of the series, completed in fall 2018, focused on new scholarship about the war itself. The second phase is accepting applications for fall 2019.

The course will run from August 16 to December 16, 2019.

Generous funding by the World War I Centennial Commission allows NHD to offer two full scholarships to teachers from every NHD affiliate. Teachers can earn a certificate of professional development hours or three graduate extension credit units from the University of San Diego.

Scholarship applications will be accepted through Tuesday, July 30, 2019. All teachers will be notified by August 16, 2019.

World War I Silent Heroes and Veterans
World War I Silent Heroes
Nurse Esther Amundson
Video Eulogy
Ms. Katie Craven, Open World Learning Community

Private Frank Paul Ashbrook
Video Eulogy
Ms. Jennifer Camplair, Lorena High School

Private First Class John Billhimer
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Meghan Thomas, Von Steuben High Schoool

Private Jesse James Blanton
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Amanda Kordeliski, Norman High School North

Sergeant Roy Headrick Busch
Video Eulogy
Mr. Matthew Poth, Park View High School

Private Nick Carletillo
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Cherie Redelings, Frances Parker School

Private Oscar Bernard Collen
Video Eulogy
Ms. Christina O'Connor, Hingham High School

Corporal Millard W. Corson
Video Eulogy
Mr. Shane Gower, Maranacook Community High School

Private Frank Gilbert Dann
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Suzan Turner, Nashua-Plainfield High School

Private First Class Peter Radford Davis
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Kathy Carroll, St. John's Episcopal School

Private Harry W. Hatcher
Video Eulogy
Mr. Jamie Sawatzky, Rocky Run Middle School

Corporal Albert Hohberg
Video Eulogy
Mr. Kyle Johnson, Seaman Middle School

Private Jacob Newcomber Kiehl
Video Eulogy
Ms. Alison Browning, J.P. McCaskey High School Campus

Private Burt Austin Markham
Video Eulogy
Mr. Jeremy Miller, Cambridge-Isanti High School

Second Lieutenant Vaughn R. McCormick
Video Eulogy
Ms. Mary Bezbatchenko, Licking Heights High School

Second Lieutenant Richard Willard Moody
Video Eulogy
Mr. Chris Stewart, North Lakes Academy Charter School

First Lieutenant Joseph Fletcher Swift
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Stacey Trepanier, New Vistas Center for Education

First Lieutenant Josephus Benjamin Wilson
Video Eulogy
Mrs. Whitney Joyner, Northeast Middle School

Captain Alexander Dickson (Dixon) Wilson
Video Eulogy
Ms. Eden McCauslin, District of Columbia Public Schools

World War I Veterans
Lieutenant Colonel Edwin William Armstrong
Mr. Kyle Johnson, Seaman Middle School

Nurse Mary Gertrude Smith Boaz
Mrs. Whitney Joyner, Northeast Middle School

Imperial German Army Pioneer Karl Georg (George) Camplair
Ms. Jennifer Camplair, Lorena High School

Seaman Second Class Arthur Dwight Curfman
Ms. Mary Bezbatchenko, Licking Heights High School

Private First Class Carl “Fritz” Demro
Mrs. Suzan Turner, Nashua-Plainfield High School

Private First Class Dantón D. Ferrero
Mrs. Kathy Carroll, St. John’s Episcopal School

Private Edmond A. Harjo
Mrs. Amanda Kordeliski, Norman High School North

Private Bertram F. Heuer, Sr.
Mrs. Meghan Thomas, Von Stueben High School

Staff Sergeant Bertram F. Heuer, Jr.
Mrs. Meghan Thomas, Von Stueben High School

Yeomanette Third Class Lulu Mae Hogue
Ms. Eden McCauslin, District of Columbia Public Schools

Colonel William A. Lee
Mr. Matthew Poth, Park View High School

Private Frank J. Markling
Mr. Jeremy Miller, Cambridge-Isanti High School

Colonel Marcus Aurelius Smith Ming
Mrs. Stacey Trepanier, New Vistas Center for Education

Private George E. Pearce
Mrs. Cherie Redelings, Frances Parker School

Seaman Second Class Wilbur Elting Peecher
Ms. Katie Craven, Open World Learning Community

Private Percy Louis Rancourt
Mr. Shane Gower, Maranacook Community High School

Nurse Ethel Gladstone Shapiro
Mr. Jamie Sawatzky, Rocky Run Middle School

Private Melina Olive Shaw
Ms. Christina O'Connor, Hingham High School

Corporal Benjamin William Stewart
Mr. Chris Stewart, North Lakes Academy Charter School

Yeoman First Class Helen M. Whittaker
Ms. Alison Browning, J.P. McCaskey High School Campus
Who They Were World War I Toolkit

Who They Were is a project-based activity that engages students in exploring their community’s World War I history and invites them to participate in our nation’s World War I Centennial Commemoration.

Click here learn more about the Who They Were toolkit.

World War I Lesson Plans

In 2018, NHD traveled to World War I cemeteries and battle sites sponsored by the sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. These lessons, available for download, will be published along with those produced as part of the 2019 program.

Great War, Flawed Peace, and the Lasting Legacy of World War I Lesson Plans
Alien Enemies Detained: German Americans in World War I
Created by Kyle Johnon, Seaman Middle School

English Only: A Wartime Necessity or an Act of Intolerance?
Created by Suzy Turner, Nashua-Plainfield High School

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be A…” Mothers, Music, and the Obligations of War
Created by Jennifer Camplair, Lorena High School

Women on the Front Lines: American Nurses in World War I
Created by Katie Craven, Open World Learning Community

Memories from the Great War: Art, Letters, and the Collective Memory
Created by Stacey Trepainer, New Vistas Center for Education

The Ethics of Shell Shock Treatment: A Socratic Seminar in History and Psychology
Created by Shane Gower, Maranacook Community High School

How World War I Changed the World: Analyzing the Geographic Impact of the Great War
Created by Jamie Sawatzy, Rocky Run Middle School

War Memorials at Home: Constructing the Legacy of the Great War
Created by Chris Stewart, North Lakes Academy Charter School

Versailles to Vietnam: The Long-Term Effects of the Peace Process
Created by Mary Bezbatchenko, Licking Heights High School

From Armistice Day to Veterans Day: America’s Decision to Change a Worldwide Holiday
Created by Eden McCauslin, District of Columbia Public Schools

These lessons, sponsored by the sponsored by the National Cemetery Administration and the American Battle Monuments Commission connect the experiences of World War I with American national cemeteries. Each lesson contains a component connected to the cemetery, but each is designed to work whether or not you can visit the cemetery in person.

Memorializing the Fallen World War I Lesson Plans
Analyzing the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial
Created by Alison Browning, J.P. McCaskey High School Campus

Answering the Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps in World War I
Created by Whitney Joyner, Northeast Middle School

Finding the Human Side of History
Created by Matthew Poth, Park View High School

Not Written in Stone: How National Cemetery Marker Policies Have Changed
Created by Jeremy Miller, Cambridge-Isanti High School

Remembering Service: Creating Found Poetry at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Created by Meghan Thomas, Von Steuben High School

The Army Behind the Army: Quartermaster Corps Support the Troops
Created by Cherie Redelings, Frances Parker School

Thinking Historically about Veterans’ Stories
Created by Kathy Tucker Carroll, St. John's Episcopal School

What is a Veteran?
Created by Christina O'Connor, Hingham High School

A Secret Language: American Indian Code Talkers
Created by Amanda Kordeliski, Norman High School North