Students learn about how WWII slowly became inevitable in Europe in a gripping, interactive lesson that always gets students fired up about history's poor decision-making. They take guided notes from an engaging PowerPoint, then complete a reading and worksheet activity to cement their knowledge of the causes of WWII.
-Background of dictatorships in Europe
-Stalin and totalitarianism in the Soviet Union
-Economic depression in Germany and Italy
-Impact of the Treaty of Versailles in Germany
-Rise of Hitler and Mussolini
-Definition and analysis of fascism and Nazism
-German expansionism: Rhineland, Austria, Sudetenland
-Definition and analysis of appeasement
-Analysis of anti-Nazi Dr. Seuss cartoons
-Viewing and analysis of Chamberlain's "Last problem to be solved" speech
The lesson gives many opportunities for class discussion and student writing. It ends with a very brief student reading on long-term causes of WWII which is used to complete a worksheet. This activity may be completed in class or assigned for homework.
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"Perspectives on a Dictator" Activity: Intro to WWIIRise of Hitler and Nazi GermanyEarly WWII Axis Advances: Readings, Worksheet, and Map DiagrammingPearl Harbor and the U.S. Entrance to WWII
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