The Schlieffen Plan Worksheet Lesson plan

The Schlieffen Plan

The Schlieffen Plan is one of the most significant events in modern history and an essential topic for any history teacher to cover. This worksheet provides a comprehensive overview of the Schlieffen Plan, from its origins to its implementation during August of 1914, including the timeline of events such as the German march into Belgium and the arrival of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France.

One of the key strengths of this lesson plan is its use of primary sources, including eyewitness accounts from a German officer and a BEF soldier, to bring the events of August 1914 to life for students. These sources provide valuable insights into the experiences of those on the ground, helping students better understand the Schlieffen Plan’s impact on the course of the First World War.

Another important aspect of this worksheet is its focus on the Battle of the Marne, which marked a turning point in the war and had far-reaching consequences for the outcome of the conflict. The lesson plan provides a quick overview of the battle, helping students to gain a greater understanding of its significance in the broader context of the First World War.

The main student activity included in this lesson plan is diary journaling. This exercise encourages students to imagine themselves as eyewitnesses to the events of August 1914, providing a unique and engaging perspective on the Schlieffen Plan and its implementation. By writing their own diary entries, students will be able to develop their critical thinking and writing skills while also gaining a deeper understanding of the events and their impact.

This worksheet provides an excellent opportunity for history teachers to bring the events of August 1914 to life for their students. With its comprehensive overview of the Schlieffen Plan, primary source materials, and engaging student activities, this lesson plan is an essential teaching tool for anyone looking to explore this critical period in modern history.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include comprehension, source analysis and diary journaling.
Estimated lessons:1
Ages14-18 years.
Format Word Document

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