Date: ___________________

Unit 3: World War I
Lesson 1: Causes of World War I
Remember, Lesson Targets are the components or parts of the Unit Mission. After you complete all the lesson
targets, you will have everything you need to answer the Unit’s Essential Question to accomplish the Unit Mission.

Nationalism Virtual Center
With your group, read about nationalism before Word War I. Then, work together to complete the closed passage

________________________ is feeling loyal and proud of your nation and
believing your nation is better and more important than other nations.  The
events that led to World War I all began with _____________________ and it
continued to be the _______________________ problem in the events that led
to World War I.

Nationalism began before World War I in ___________________.  The
nations of Europe wanted other nations to _____________________ and
______________________ them.  They all fought with each other about who
was most important.  

In the beginning, nationalism was a positive thing where people just felt love
and devotion to their countries.  They were grateful to feel a
________________________ with fellow citizens and happy to be a part of
something bigger, just like college football fans feel about their teams.

Before World War I, rivalries also became ___________________ because
people were reacting to __________________________ and
____________________________ who both tried to capitalize on national

__________________________ saw nationalism as a way to sell more
papers.  Newspapers ___________________ on nationalism by using a tactic
called ____________________________.  This was when newspapers
exaggerated or embellished the truth about a story to make it seem a bigger
deal than what it actually was.  

Newspapers reporters knew that this sort of _____________________ would
sell papers and make them a lot of money.  Some people bought the papers
because they feared ____________________________________________. 
Others bought papers because they __________________________.  They
wanted to prove their nation’s _____________________.

______________________________ also tried to capitalize on nationalism. 
They printed and gave out _______________________ that conjured up
strong emotions in people. This is an idea or statement that is either false or
exaggerated and is spread in order to help a political cause, a political leader,
or a government. It led citizens to approve of government decisions that they
would never have approved of before.  Leaders used propaganda to
_____________________ their citizens to approve tax increases for military
expansion and new weapons technology.  



Date: ___________________

They also used propaganda to convince citizens to support their
_______________________________.  One policy in particular was called
________________________.  This is when a nation takes over another nation
to rule them and take their natural resources.  Government leaders led their
people to believe they needed other places' __________________________
to remain powerful.  Leaders also led their people to believe that other nations
would respect their nation more if they supported the idea of
_______________________.  This is building up and maintaining a strong,
well equipped military in order to defend, gain power, or achieve goals.
Government leaders made people believe that other nations would respect
them more if they built up a strong military that could win
_________________________ in other lands.

(Put your nationalism center check behind this when you get it back. It will be
page 5 in your Lesson 1 Chronicles.)