Teach World War 1 Like an Ace with Primary Resources

Teach World War 1 Like an Ace with Primary Resources

Jul 23rd

Date: July 23 and July 24, 2019
Location: July 23 – The Iowa Gold Star Museum, 8:00 – 5:00
July 24 – Living History Farms, 8:30-11:00; The Iowa Gold Star Museum, 12:30-5:00
Course #: LR 288:611
Instructor: Jennifer Cooley, Daniel Jones & Michael Vogt
Credit Hours: 1

*NOTE:* To earn credit, the participant must attend all parts of the 2-day course:

Module 1: July 23rd, 2019

  • “WWI 360: Teaching Like an Ace” workshop presented by staff from the National World War One Memorial & Museum
    • This WW1 360 workshop is made possible through the generous support of the U. S. World War 1 Centennial Commission, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Clinton Foundation, and the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Module 2: July 23rd, 2019

  • “Training for, and Fighting the War,” presented by the Iowa Gold Star Museum

Module 3: July 24th, 2019

  • “The Homefront” presented by Living History Farms

Module 4: July 24th, 2019

  • “The War and its Aftermath”, presented by the State Historical Society, with guest speakers discussing local resources and expanding beyond social studies.


This highly energetic and interactive two-day course crosses the curriculum areas to offer a blend of meaningful content focused on best practices and primary sources for teaching World War One and it enduring impact. Learn to debunk common WWI misconceptions, how to teach beyond the Western Front and why “The Great War” needs to be taught now more than ever.

Participants will walk away with information and primary sources that expand knowledge of the period leading up to, during and following “The Great War”, both at home and abroad that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Combine classroom learning with explorations of local resources available to teachers. Explore the home front by visiting Living History Farms. Learn about the role of Camp Dodge and Fort Des Moines in preparing soldiers for the Great War. And explore primary source materials available through the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.


Course Requirements:

Course objectives will be met by

  • Fully attending all parts of the two day workshop;
  • Submitting a lesson plan showing how primary source materials involving World War One are incorporated. Lesson plans should be emailed to education@lhf.org no later than August 13th
    • The lesson plan must list objectives, include three or more activities, and provide an assessment tool.