The following common core aligned bundle of 5 lessons/worksheets (75 minute periods) focuses on the Interwar Period. Purchase this bundle and save $3.00 (if you purchased all five lessons separately). The worksheets include a variety of student-centered activities designed to develop critical thinking skills and foster class discussion.
Post World War I Problems & Mussolini - Global History Common Core
• Do now that briefly discusses the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations and includes several thought provoking questions.
• Brief think-pair-share about post-World War I problems.
• Primary source from Benito Mussolini where students learn how he appealed to the Italian people after WWI. Includes several fact-based and critical thinking questions.
• Students will then write a letter to the editor either agreeing or disagreeing with Mussolini’s ideas.
Authoritarian or Totalitarian? - Global/World History Common Core
• 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.
Benito Mussolini and Fascism - Global/World History Common Core
• Do now that serves as a review of previous material and a set up for the lesson.
• Primary and secondary source reading on the doctrine of fascism. Includes several questions that assist students in understanding this sometimes difficult material
• Class discussion opportunity about the attractive nature of fascism to several countries after WWI and the pros and cons of fascism.
• Chart activity where students compare communism in the Soviet Union and fascism in Italy
• Analyzing Ideas activity where students determine whether or not certain statement would be supported by Mussolini or not – perfect summary activity.
The Rise of Adolf Hitler - Global/World History Common Core
• Do now – students access prior knowledge about the Treaty of Versailles and the way it punished Germany.
• Secondary source reading about the Weimar Republic and the analysis of several paintings from the era to understand the problems Germany was facing. The paintings can easily be found online.
• Election of Chancellor activity - Students will pretend to be a citizen of Germany voting to choose a new Chancellor. Three options (without names) are given and students vote. Invariably, most students choose the candidate that turns out to be Hitler. This is an incredible moment where students understand how someone like Hitler could come to power.
• Primary source analysis of Mein Kampf – critical thinking questions follow.
• Tremendous amount of discussion opportunities.
Hitler and the New Germany - Global/World History Common Core
• Do now – Hitler quote analysis
• Analysis of Nazi propaganda/Hitler quotes – critical thinking and thought provoking questions follow.
• Secondary source readings about the Third Reich & the Hitler Youth.
• Creation of an acrostic poem based on the worksheet readings
• analysis of a 15-minute clip from Triumph of the Will by Leni Riefenstahl (clip not included, but typically available on YouTube or for purchase on Amazon)
• wrap up role play activity where students pretend to be different members of Germany society and respond to the changes that took place.
• Enormous amount of discussion opportunities!
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I also offer both Hitler lessons bundled together...
The Rise of Hitler & the "New" Germany Bundle - Global/World History Common Core
...and both Mussolini lessons bundled together...
Benito Mussolini Bundle - Global/World History Common Core
Please see each individual worksheet (available on TPT also) for the previews and specific common core standards.