This is a great activity! I just started doing this activity this year because students always ask questions about how and why Hitler picked certain groups of people to be the "Chosen" ones or the undesirables. I put together this little assessment to show it doesn't always have to be that you were German born with blonde hair and blue eyes. I wanted students to understand that many times those exact people would find themselves in a death or work camp for reasons as simple as "you are not conservative enough" or "you are to open minded (you like to read)."
My recommendation would be to talk to students about the break up of society under the control of the Third Reich. Explain the privileges of the elite class of the Nazi party right down to those that went directly to the death camps.
Have students take assessment quietly and then count up the trues on their paper. Based on their true responses you want to use the key I provided. I would then without giving clue to which group would be in which category, section off the classroom based on the totals of Trues. Once everyone is in one section you then can reveal what section they belong to. I even sometimes pull certain kids out because they might have one thing about them that would have sent them right to a death camp. For example, I took a student out and sent her to the death camps/medical camps because she is an identical twin. I wouldn't focus to much on race because some students may be sensitive to this, but if a student is on crutches for maybe just a regular sports injury or a twin that might be something that no one will get upset about.
With all of my classes I found that the Work Camps had the largest responses and I didn't have any students that ended with Elite status.
This is a really fun activity and the kids really enjoy talking about it. After the activity I have them do the following extended thinking activity:
In 5 Lines explain why you think you ended up in Hitler's Class System. Share with a partner. 1 minute
In 2 Lines explain how you might respond if this actually happened.
Share with a partner. 1 minute
To close class....share out some of the students responses.
You might even want to show a clip from the Sound of Music and explain if people that received Elite status sometimes did not want it. Even though it meant that you were given special treatment and you were safe from Nazi killing. You could show the clip after they return home from their honeymoon and the Nazi flags covered their house. The captain then goes in to explaining why he will never be a Nazi. Another good clip to show is from Schindler's List when Schindler first takes over an apartment of a Jew. This clip shows how the Elite received special privileges that no one else received.
I hope you like this activity. It took an entire 39 minutes with the explanation at the beginning of the period and video clips.
You may even want to show pictures from the internet highlighting different living conditions of each. I put two quizzes on one page to help with photocopies and saving papers. For example, if you need 180 copies then only make 90 copies and cut in the middle.
Have Fun! Bring history to life!!!!