Your team will have assigned a cause you will be arguing is the most "significant"; your team will also be assigned on another cause that you will be opposing/refuting in the debate and will need to develop a counterclaim and provide evidence to strengthen your argument that the other cause is less significant--and evidence to support your claim why your cause is the most significant cause of the war. This debate isn't about winning (tho. that can be fun) but about learning how to develop strong arguments you can support and how to develop strong counterclaims that serve the purpose of both refuting other claims and further strengthening your own claim/argument.
Helpful Links for today's class:
- Famous Misquotes -- this is why we pay close attention to sourcing of primary documents
- WWI Formative Debate Group Planning Doc (1 group member makes a copy then shares with the rest of the group)
- Formative Debate: WWI Presentation
- Argumentative Speech/Debate Rubric (2018)
- MAIN Causes of WWI Presentation
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HW: Read, research & take notes to help Prep for debate.
But first, you must research!
Use the following resources for research:
- Mr. Bisset’s WWI Presentation
- WWI BBC Documentary (video)
- BBC World - WWI: http://www.bbc.com/ww1
- 37 Days - “The countdown to WWI”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/zgy334j#z99887h
- How close did the world come to peace in 1914?”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z26bjxs
- 100 Inventions of WWI: http://online.wsj.com/ww1/
- Human Story CH. 17: "We Wage War to End War" by James C. Davis
- Mini-DBQ Packet of documents (PDF)
- WWI - Short and Long-term Causes (PDF Doc)
- WWI: “The war that changed everything” - Google Doc
- WWI Map Comparison
- “Crisis and Conflict” Reading Packet - PDF (pgs. 4-13 are most relevant)
- “Europe at the Beginning of WWI” - Google Doc
- The Origins of WWI, MIT Press (PDF)
- “The New History of WWI and What it Means for International Relations Theory” (MIT Press)
- “Colonial Folly, European Suicide: Why World War One Was Such a Bloodbath” - NYTimes article
- Historians Opinions - Causes of WWI (compiled by Doug Behse)
- Explosive Material for WWI (PDF graphic)
- Causes of WWI Assessment Prep (PDF with primary sources) Note: Ignore the “assessment” instructions --this is taken from an IB assessment. This is shared for the purpose of providing sources for evidence.
- Chapter 29 “The Great War” (World History textbook pages 838-861)