World History Project - 1750 to the Present
- BEFORE YOU WATCH: Britain and World War I
- WATCH: Britain and World War I
- READ: What Caused the First World War?
- BEFORE YOU WATCH: How World War I Started
- WATCH: How World War I Started
- BEFORE YOU WATCH: Southeast Asia and World War I
- WATCH: Southeast Asia and World War I
- BEFORE YOU WATCH: The Middle East and World War I
- WATCH: The Middle East and World War I
- READ: The First World War as a Global War
- READ: Capitalism and World War I
- Origins of the First World War
Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.
First read: preview and skimming for gist
Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.
Second read: key ideas and understanding content
Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- Why did Britain have the world’s largest navy?
- Why did Britain and Germany get into an arms race and why did Britain win?
- What type of person served on the Guards Regiments?
- How did Belgium pull Britain into the war?
- Why is the poppy a symbol of the war?
Third read: evaluating and corroborating
Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
- During World War I, how did Britain’s systems of production and distribution provide the nation with advantages, but also create vulnerabilities?
- What do the two poems in this video tell you about the war, and its impact on Britain and on British soldiers?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.