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Battles of WWI Presentations

Canadas greatest contribution to the Allied War Effort was its
land forces, which fought on the Western Front from 1915 1918.
Canadians were involved in some of the most integral land battles
throughout the war. To really know the role Canada played in the
war, you have to analyze some truly important battles

This is a group project. Each group will be assigned a battle and

some associated information. The goal is to read, make notes, and
create a Powerpoint for that battle that will be presented back to
the class. Marks will be given for both the presentation as well as
the Powerpoint. The Powerpoint and presentation will receive a
group mark (see rubric).
With that said, the Canadian War Museum has put their entire
Canada and the First World War exhibit online for us to use. This
is a great resource (although, not the only resource) that I suggest
you look at for the purpose of this project. It is an easy site to

Go to this site

On the left hand side, click History
Scroll down and click Land Battles
Go to your designated section and read, and write notes in
your section

Once you have taken notes on your designated battle, create a

Powerpoint that addresses all of the major points of your battle
including answering the provided questions.
Powerpoints will be presented to the class following completion.

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Groups will also be responsible for creating a one page Cheat

Sheet for their battle that will be distributed to the rest of the
class during their presentation.

All completed projects should include:

1 group Powerpoint on your battle
1 group Cheat Sheet

Groups and Things to Consider:

The Second Battle of Ypres:
When was this battle?
Describe the new weapon employed by the Germans at this
Why was Ypres such a valued location?
What role did Canadians play in this battle?
How many Canadian casualties were there?
Explore the topic of Poison Gas?
Find a primary source for your battle.
The Fourth Battle of the Somme:
What happened at the Battle of Somme?
Where were the Canadians?
Who are the Newfoundlanders?
What is a battle of attrition?
What is the controversy behind the Battle of the Somme?
Find a primary source for your battle
The Battle of Vimy Ridge:
Why was Vimy Ridge so important?
Who is Sir Julian Byng?
What is the Vimy Glide?
What was Canadas role in this battle?
Why was it so important to Canadians?
Find a primary source for your battle

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Hill 70 and the German Offenses of 1918:

Why was Hill 70 so important?
Who is Arthur Currie?
What is a Storm Trooper?
What were Canadians roles in these battles?
What is the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade?
Find a primary source for your battle
The Battle of Passchedaele:
What were the conditions?
Describe the preparations for battle.
Why were so many people lost in battle?
What is the Legacy of Passchedaele?
Find a primary source for your battle
Amiens & Arras and the Canal du Nord:
What were Canadians roles in each battle?
What was the cost of these victories?
What is the Black Day?
Who are Fliers?
Find a primary source for your battle

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Name(s): _________________________________
Presentation Marking Rubric (Group)
Visual Appeal

There are no errors in spelling,

grammar and punctuation.
Information is clear and concise
on each slide.
Visually appealing/engaging.

There are some errors in

spelling, grammar and
punctuation. Too much
information on two or more
Significant visual appeal.

There are many errors in spelling,

grammar and punctuation. Too
much information was contained
on many slides.
Minimal effort made to make
slides appealing or too much
going on.

There are many errors in spelling,

grammar and punctuation. The slides
were difficult to read and too much
information had been copied onto
No visual appeal.

Extensive knowledge of topic.

Members showed complete
understanding of assignment.
Accurately answered all
questions posed.

Most showed a good

understanding of topic.
All members able to answer
most of audience questions.

Few members showed good

understanding of some parts of
Only some members accurately
answered questions.

Presenters didnt understand topic.

Majority of questions answered by
only one member or majority of
information incorrect.


Regular/constant eye contact,

The audience was engaged,
and presenters held the
audiences attention.
Appropriate speaking volume &
body language.

Most members spoke to

majority of audience; steady
eye contact.
The audience was engaged
by the presentation.
Majority of presenters spoke
at a suitable volume.
Some fidgeting by member(s).

Members focused on only part of

Sporadic eye contact by more
than one presenter.
The audience was distracted.
Speakers could be heard by only
half of the audience.
Body language was distracting.

Minimal eye contact by more than one

member focusing on small part of
The audience was not engaged.
Majority of presenters spoke too
quickly or quietly making it difficult to
Inappropriate/disinterested body


The presentation was a concise

summary of the topic with all
questions answered.
Comprehensive and complete
coverage of information.

The presentation was a good

summary of the topic.
Most important information
covered; little irrelevant info.

The presentation was informative

but several elements went
Much of the information irrelevant;
coverage of some of major points.

The presentation was a brief look at

the topic but many questions were left
Majority of information irrelevant and
significant points left out.

All presenters knew the

information, participated equally,
and helped each other as
Extremely prepared and

Slight domination of one

presenter. Members helped
each other.
Very well prepared.

Significant controlling by some

members with one minimally
Primarily prepared but with some
dependence on just reading off

Unbalanced presentation or tension

resulting from over-helping.
Multiple group members not
Evident lack of preparation/rehearsal.
Dependence on slides.


Group Dynamics