The following is a common core-based worksheet/lesson that serves as an excellent introduction to totalitarianism. Typically this lesson would be taught right before the first lesson on Joseph Stalin in the Interwar Period unit. Students are asked to analyze the difference between authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. They will accomplish this through the following activities:
• An analysis of a Newsweek article comparing the two forms of government. Several questions follow this reading.
• Students will then answer several questions that apply their knowledge. These questions are critical thinking questions about whether or not different historical figures were authoritarian or totalitarian.
• Students will then read several passages from 1984 and then create a poem or rap describing what life in a totalitarian state is like.
I also offer this worksheet bundled with several others from the Interwar period.
Bundle #10 - Interwar Period - Rise of Fascism - Global/World History
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