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A lively simulation with students in role as countries negotiating alliances prior to the First World War. The countries are Great Britain, Serbia, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Austria-Hungary and France. Full teaching notes and print-outs explain how to put this interactive lesson into action in your classroom. Note passing compulsory!
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Message to Heather - yes the students need to know which group represents which country before you embark upon the activity so they know who to approach. I give each group a flag to sit on their table to avoid confusion when they are circulating with their notes. It's also important for each group to say which country they represent, on their notes which they write, in order to avoid confusion.
Question, Do the groups all know who the other groups are ahead of time?
I have not used this material from a teacher's perspective. My teacher used this in 2004 during my freshman year of high school and I never forgot it. It struck such a cord with me that it fueled my interest in history to eventually major in it. I'm so happy to finally find this! Teachers, I recommend this content. Thank you to the creator, truly.
My students loved this activity. It was easy for us to figure out and it really drove home some important concepts.