This resource includes six items that could be used as part of a course exploring the Nazi regime, Adolf Hitler, and the Second World War. The materials included could be used with adult or high school aged students. With your purchase you will receive the following:
Downfall Film Study
This packet complements a showing of the epic war drama Der Untergang (Downfall) and includes identifications of major characters and events. Terms of the era are explored on a separate handout examining concepts like Volkssturm, Social Darwinism, and the Totenkopf. An additional handout includes four college writing prompts challenging students to think critically about the film.
The Second World War Powerpoint
This college Powerpoint explores the major events of the Second World War and would complement a lecture or class discussion on the topic. The Powerpoint is quite extensive and would best be delivered over the course of several days.
Timeline of WWII
This handout includes four timelines of the following: Hitler's rise to power, Hitler's early foreign policy actions, events of WWII, and battles of WWII. It best complements a class discussion and should be annotated with explanations of each timeline item.
WWII Writing Prompts
This item contains 11 short response prompts (each answerable in a paragraph) and two essay prompts. It is formatted in a packet for easy printing and handing out to students. Questions examine the causes leading up to the Second World War such as the fall of the WWI dynasties and the disastrous stipulations of the Treaty of Versailles. Other questions examine the psychology of Hitler and the narrative of the war. In its current form it is best used as a homework assignment, collaborative learning group assignment, or full class activity completed over the span of several days.
Key Terms - WWII
Two supplemental handouts list all the key terms students should be able to explain pertaining to the Interwar Era and Second World War. They may be used as a source for ideas to examine during a class lecture or discussion, or a study guide for students in anticipation of an upcoming exam.
A Music Drama - WWII Poem
This dramatic poem is an effective complement to a viewing of the film Downfall. Set from the perspective of Adolf Hitler and his architect, Albert Speer, the two witness the progress of the war from the Wolf's Lair at Berchtesgaden. The title of the poem comes from the music dramas of Richard Wagner, which portrayed the judgment days of Germanic mythology.
This lesson has been universally well-received by students. Be sure to include the film in your lesson to deliver its complete effect.
*CORRESPONDS WITH DER UNTERGANG (DOWNFALL)