This engaging 1 page reading is the perfect introduction to a WWII unit. The reading gives students a hypothetical character in a hypothetical country, setting the stage of an environment that is much like Germany as Hitler began his rise to power, with economic and political struggles in a depressed post-war time. When a war hero runs for president and wins, life seems to improve for everybody! There are some kids missing at school though...
Students are asked questions at the end about their character's experience, how the new leader impacted the country, and why they would or would not continue supporting the new leader. Sparks a stimulating discussion on why Germans went along with Hitler for so long.
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