World War I; The (not so) Great War

January 24 at 11:30AM & 25 at 9:45AM

$5.50 per student (one chaperone free with every 10 students)

$12.50 for adults

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World War I: The (not so) Great War

The Great War was the opening shot of the tumultuous 20th Century. As empires were built and rapidly fell, World War I ushered in a rush of technological advances and set in motion geopolitical changes that are still felt today. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, which has been educating and entertaining school-age audiences for over 30 years, brings you this entertaining, one-man show, featuring local military historian Louis Varnell who takes students through the causes of the war, the technological advances of the age, the realities of life in the trenches and the ultimate outcome of the “War to End All Wars.”

Areas Addressed:

  1. Causes of the war
  2. America’s entry and involvement
  3. A line-up of the Central and Allied Powers

5th Grade Educational Standards Covered:


5.10 Summarize the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I, including the attack on the
RMS Lusitania and the Zimmerman Telegram.

5.11  Identify and locate the major countries of the Central and Allied Powers during World War I,
including:   Austria-Hungary • Great Britain • France • Russia • Germany

5.12 Describe the impact of U.S. involvement on World War I.



  • Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914-1917)
    ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the
    Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the
    impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919


High School Standards covered


W.29 Explain how tensions between nations and states contributed to regional conflicts of the eraW.30 Explain how the rise of militarism, alliances, imperialistic rivalries, and growing nationalism
led to the outbreak of World War I.
Describe how trench warfare, the resulting stalemate, war of attrition, and advances in
weaponry (e.g., chemical weapons, machine guns, submarines, tanks) affected the course
and outcome of World War I.
Analyze the importance of geographic factors in military decision-making, and determine the
principal theaters and significance of major battles in World War I (e.g., Battles of the Marne,
Verdun, the Somme).

W.33 Explain how the entrance of the United States and the exit of Russia affected the course and
outcome of World War I.




Analyze the origins and impact of U.S. involvement in World War I.
a. Describe the movement from U.S. neutrality to engagement in World War I, including
unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmerman Telegram.



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