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ERIC Number: ED457056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The July Crisis: Can You Stop the Great War? Grade 10 Lesson. Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE): Connecting California's Classrooms to the World.
Antilla, Madeline
On June 28, 1914, while visiting Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, was assassinated. The Austrian government blamed Serbia for harboring terrorists and sent the Serbian government an ultimatum with which that country found it impossible to comply. This set in motion a series of alliances. During the month of July, European diplomats debated whether to engage in a war to obtain certain long-sought goals and to justify a huge military buildup. By the end of July all of Europe was poised on the edge of war. In this lesson plan, students, acting as diplomats for the countries involved in the origins of World War I, read and respond to a telegram of July 30, 1914, from Belgium urging the interested countries to avoid war. Students are provided with background information, detailed instructions, online resources, and reflection questions. The teacher's notes describe the unit's purpose, explain the unit's correlation to history/social science and language arts standards, and suggest day-by-day teaching strategies. (BT)
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, 601 North East Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410-3093. E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, CA.