BRING THE AFTERMATH OF WWII TO LIFE USING THESE NUREMBERG WORKSHEETS AND THE COORDINATING HISTORY CHANNEL VIDEO: NUREMBERG, TYRANNY ON TRIAL
The Nuremberg Trials were a key moment in world history, demonstrating for the first time that crimes against humanity could and would be prosecuted. Today's World Court is a direct descendant of the Nuremberg Tribunals. With Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial from the History Channel and these no-prep worksheets, you can help your students master the aftermath of WWII like never before!
INFORMATION FOR THE TEACHER
Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial is a short documentary produced by the History Channel. Because it lasts only 46 minutes, it fits perfectly into a typical class period in a middle school or high school. Teachers who have class periods that last about an hour should have time to both show the video and review answers, all during the same class session. Those who can afford to devote two periods to a more in-depth study of the Nuremberg Trials can show the video one day and discuss the answers in more detail the next day.
WHERE TO FIND THE VIDEO
Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial is available online at a variety of streaming sites. The best way to find where it may currently be available is to do a simple Google search for the title. It also airs on the History Channel on an infrequent basis and is available for sale on DVD. Teachers who prefer hard media may find the best prices at sites like Amazon and eBay, where used DVDs for educational programs are often put up for sale.
ABOUT THESE WORKSHEETS
There are 48 multiple choice questions included in this set. These are continuously numbered and are presented in video order so that students can answer questions as they follow along watching the program. However, the questions are split up into 3 separate worksheets, each focusing on a particular phase of the Nuremberg Trials: background information; the Major War Criminals Trial itself; and Verdict, Sentence, and Legacy. This matches the structure of the video, which moves through those three main topics in order.
To provide teachers with an easy differentiation option, all 48 questions are also provided in a free-response format, which is considerably more challenging than the multiple choice version.
A primary source political cartoon worksheet is provided as a follow up to viewing, encouraging students to think critically about the details included by the cartoonist and the messages those details are sending.
TEACHING SUGGESTIONS / WAYS TO USE THESE NUREMBERG TRIALS WORKSHEETS
• Split the class into three groups and make each responsible for doing one phase of the questions, either in the multiple choice or free response format. Afterwards, have each group write a summary of their phase of the video and present their summary to the class.
• Assign students to do all 48 questions in multiple choice format as the video plays. The next day, use the free response version of the questions to review. One way to do this is to cut the free response question list into strips of 1-2 questions each and pass them out to teams that will compete to show how much they remember. If a team cannot answer a question, they have to pass it to the next group, which will try to answer it. A team can only keep a slip if they answer correctly; at the end, the slips themselves become the point tally for each group.
• Assign students to do all 48 questions in multiple choice format as the video plays. The next day, have a test or quiz on the content using the free response questions. Or vice-versa!
• Allow students to watch the video without seeing the questions. Then afterward, use the multiple choice or free response questions to see who remembers what, either informally, or as a test/quiz.
• Show the video in class without using the questions at all for students present. However, use the multiple choice or free response questions as “absent work” for students NOT present in class. Tell them that they can find the video online. Or, if you prefer, tell them that they should be able to find the answers by doing basic research online. This allows you to hold absent students accountable for acquiring the same information that was presented in class.
• Use the political cartoon primary source worksheet as a follow up to the other worksheets.
I hope you find the Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial to be as useful in class as I do, and that these questions help your students learn even more as they watch it!
LOOKING FOR A CUSTOMIZABLE VERSION OF THESE NUREMBERG WORKSHEETS? OR A VERSION YOU CAN USE ELECTRONICALLY FOR PAPERLESS LEARNING?
If you want to edit the worksheets to suit yourself, or you'd like to implement the materials through an online learning management system or with devices such as clickers, then you might prefer the product linked below. It includes both a Microsoft Word file of all program materials as well as Examview files containing everything!
Examview and Editable Version of Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial Worksheets and Primary Source Study
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