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Chapter 9: World War I

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"Aces of World War I"

In this chapter students have read about World War I. Using new technology the military developed submarines, flame throwers, tanks, improved machine guns, poison gas, and other weapons. The airplane had been invented earlier in the century. Now military leaders found it dramatically useful in war. In this activity students will take a closer look at two of the most famous "aces" of World War I.

Lesson Description
Students will review the Legendary Aviators and Aircraft of World War One Web site about the air war in World War I. They will read about two of the war's great aces, Eddie Rickenbacker and Manfred von Richthofen. After answering several questions they will create a chart that compares the two aviators.

Instructional Objectives

  1. The learner will be able to analyze information about two men.
  2. The learner will be able to create a chart comparing the war achievements of two men from different countries.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. Rickenbacker was a race car driver, winning the Indy 500 three times.
  2. He achieved 26 victories, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor.
  3. Richthofen was born on May 2, 1892, and was killed in action on April 21, 1918.
  4. Richthofen was nicknamed the Red Knight of Germany, the Red Baron, and the Red Devil because he painted the fuselage of his plane red.
  5. Students' charts should accurately present the information from the Web site.
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