KS3 & 4 The Causes of World War One: The Blame Game

This smart task which can be used from Y9 or for GCSE can be used as a form of diagnostic assessment to see to what extent students can attribute blame for causing the First World War to as many as 6 countries.  While the students are working out who is referred to in each statement, you are free to intervene to probe or extend depth of understanding with groups and individuals.  You will notice that it has been differentiated to ensure that the more able are sufficiently challenged.  The task works well as a prelude to a more formal written answer allowing pupils to group reasons why individual countries were to blame before weighing up overall responsibility.

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