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March Madness refers to the time period during the month of March when the NCAA basketball tournament takes place. Teams play in a tournament in which they are eliminated with one loss. The winner moves to the next round.
In this lesson, students are going to apply the NCAA tournament structure to our debate on: Which totalitarian ruler was most effective in maintaining social & political control? This debate project does not have to coincide with the actual tournament in March but it makes it extra fun for the students if it does :)
Students will be working in teams for this debate and will be required to find evidence of their effectiveness in establishing a totalitarian state.
· Team 1: Adolf Hitler
· Team 2: Josef Stalin
· Team 3: Benito Mussolini
· Team 4: Hideki Tojo
· Team 5: Mao Zedong
· Team 6: Kim Jong-un
Each team will be part of an initial debate. The three winners move on to the next round in the final debate.
Students will be required to complete a discussion preparation sheet through researching their assigned leader which is included in the packet in addition to discussion question stems, a note-taking guide for listening to others debate, and finally, a graphic organizer to help guide their research. Students LOVED this debate and found the topic very interesting. Please leave positive feedback if you are happy with the product :)