This is an enrichment activity designed to help students understand how the hyperinflation of the 1920's and the Great Depression of the 1930's affected the lives of German citizens. Students take on the role of a reporter in Germany during the crises. They look at a series of pictures in a powerpoint. For each they jot notes in their "notepad" (worksheet provided in lesson). They are basically creating a sensory chart describing wheat they might have seen, heard, smelled, and felt if they had been at each scene. Pictures include the following: Woman burning German Marks for fuel, man using German Marks as wall paper, people carrying daily pay in a wheelbarrow, well-dressed men waiting in a food line, well-dressed women selling their belongings, a boy starving on a German street, and men living in a German shanty town. When students have completed the examination of the pictures, they are to write a letter to the economic minister of the Weimar Republic expressing what they've witnessed.
This is designed as an enrichment activity, and is primarily graphic so teacher will need to provide background of hyperinflation and unemployment crises prior to or during presentation.