This lesson teaches students about Hitler's rise to power in Germany between WWI and WWII. Contains a lesson plan, correlated PowerPoint, and student primary source reading activity.
Students begin by answering a Do Now question establishing the idea of a dictator, then use an idea bubble map to jot down key concepts from the PowerPoint and discussion. Covers: Hitler's childhood and parents, artistic aspirations, WWI military service, reaction to German loss, the German Worker's Party, the Nazi Party platform, the Beer Hall Revolution, his trial and jail time, his legal rise to power and the 1932 election results, and his dictatorship and absolute rule.
Students then read short selections from "Mein Kampf" in groups and answer analysis and discussion questions. The lesson finishes with viewing an optional BrainPop video and answering its exit questions in class or as homework.
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