1. Introduce the lesson by asking students to read a brief biography of Woodrow and Ellen Wilson.
2. Have students consult the First Ladies Timeline (this web site) for a look at worldwide and national events of 1914.
3. Further instruct the students to investigate Bright's disease, the final diagnosed cause of Ellen Wilson’s death.
4. Each student should select at least one event that took place in 1914, and research that event (including Ellen Wilson's death). Then, each student shoul do one of the following:
write a letter to a friend describing the event
write a "news" account reporting the event, with as many details as possible
write an essay in which the student's reaction to the event is detailed