This mind-map project is designed to focus students on understanding the major events that took place in Japan, Germany, and Italy after World War One that would eventually lead to the beginning of World War Two. The idea behind the project is that students will create a poster that "maps" out and visualizes the events that occur in each of the three countries that flow together into the beginning of WWII. Students are required to create their posters in a way that has three separate branches connecting WWI ending to WWII beginning. The three branches they must include focus on these main ideas:
1. Nazis Rise to Power
2. Fascism Arises in Italy
3. Japanese Aggression
For each of the main ideas they are required to come up with a minimum of four things that happen related to the main topic and that will eventually lead to WWII. Along with the events, students must draw a small illustration of each event as they envision it.
The mind map is usually introduced before starting WWII and I like to explain to students that just like a road map tells you what steps to take to get from point A to point B, the idea behind this mind map is to envision the steps that take place from a beginning point (WWI Ends) to an end point (WWII begins). The project is usually done in groups of 2-3 that allow students to work together in identifying the chronological developments before creating their final posters.
A teacher-created example of how the mind map can be done is included along with the instructions and rubric.