This advanced, detailed handout is designed to accompany your reading of The Wave by Morton Rhue / Todd Strasser, and to provide a brief yet in-depth overview of the historical context which much of the novel is steeped in. The worksheet includes:
1) Historical overview of the rise of Fascism and Benito Mussolini in Italy, with accompanying comprehension & discussion questions linked to the novel.
2) Historical overview of the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler, again with accompanying comprehension & discussion questions.
The idea is to give your students a cross-curricular, historical, yet necessary overview of authoritarian movements, autocratic governments, and crowd psychology.
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