This engaging higher-order thinking lesson on the Nuremberg Trials of accused Nazi war criminals after World War 2 has students taking the role of a jury member.
Included are 6 short readings on Nazis who were tried at Nuremberg. Each reading includes a photo and an argument from the prosecution of what the accused's crimes were and his defense. After reading, students charge him with one of the 4 crimes that were the actual charges at Nuremberg and then decide on an appropriate sentence.
I have student work in small groups so that they can each argue why a charge is appropriate or not and what they feel his sentence should be. It makes for excellent cooperative learning because it is all-inclusive, easy to understand, and allows for multiple interpretations.
The readings include those like Hermann Goering who received the death penalty, but also 3 who received smaller prison terms for their crimes.
This download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity! If you're in a paperless classroom or just want to integrate more digital resources, you can use the provided link to bring this resource into Google Classroom!
The Google Doc version also includes links to online sources for each of the Nazis on trial as well as background information on the Holocaust and Trials.
A key is provided with the actual charges each was found guilty of and what each's actual sentence was. Hope you find this lesson as powerful as it was for my students!
For an excellent companion PowerPoint, please see this The Holocaust: Background Through Liberation PowerPoint!
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