Break the Code!
Edith Wilson: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Two class periods
The story of codes and code breakers is a fascinating chapter in World War II. However, codes have been used since earliest times. Edith Wilson was taught the codes of World War I by her husband Woodrow. And the story of the cracking of the code used in the Zimmerman telegram and its aftermath is one of the major intelligence events of World War I.
2. When the research is complete, students should share their information with one another and engage in a discussion of the importance of codes in general, and in this coded document in particular.
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.