Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 45 - 50 mins

Topic: World War I

Grade Level: 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will make cause and effect connections between World War I and World War II.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of the events and ultimate outcome of World War I.

Hook: Tell students to imagine that their school bus wrecked on the way to school that morning. As a class, decide on a reason (cause) for the bus wreck. Now, ask students how the different participants e.g., bus driver, parents, students involved in this wreck will be affected the rest of that day. Possible effects could include:

  • Students late for school.
  • Missed test or quiz - resulting in having to make this up at a different time.
  • Injuries.
  • Parents called.

Read and discuss the sample comic about the effects of WWI. E.g., The German economy was left in disarray at the end of WW1.


Activity: Have students develop a two-panel comic highlighting one effect from WWI that ultimately led to a cause of WW2. 

  • Panel 1:  Show an effect of WW1.
  • Panel 2: Show how that effect led to WW2.

Closure: Print or digitally share student comics. Discuss which of these effects had the biggest impact on causing WW2.


  • Allow students to work in pairs or independently.

Enrichment: After studying and learning about WW2, have students reopen the comic and add a third panel to illustrate the effect/outcome that the cause in the second panel had in WW2.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

Suggested Story Starters: