Totalitarianism Before WWII

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2 page warm-ups; 3 page guided notes; 8 page student activity; 7+ slides of notes
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Teaching the rise of totalitarian regimes before WWII in Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, & Japan? Students can analyze propaganda and other tactics totalitarian leaders used to seize and keep power. This activity includes an intro reading, slides, guided notes, and student group activity.

Google Drive folder includes:

  • Teacher instructions
  • Introduction/Warm-Up Reading (Includes background context on Stalin, Mussolini, Hirohito, and Hitler's rise to power) (Google Docs; editable)
  • 8 different group readings (PDF)
  • Guided Notes for students (Google Docs)
  • Exit Ticket (Google Docs)
  • Slides to display during class (Google Slides)

CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW!

How do totalitarian leaders get and keep power? Students work to answer this question Activity by breaking into small learning groups to view and analyze a specific aspect of totalitarian regimes (Stalin's propaganda, Russian secret police, Japanese imperialism, Mussolini's Blackshirts, etc). Each group reads a small portion of text, views an image, and answers a critical thinking question. Then, groups will present their analysis to the entire class.

Other ways to use this activity:

  • Jigsaw (4-8 students per group)
  • Partner or individual work packet

This world history activity prompts students to consider the rise of totalitarian regimes and how they remained in power. I created this activity for a 9th grade World History class when I realized I needed to teach the rise of Stalin, Franco, Hitler, Hirohito, and Mussolini in one class period before introducing World War II.

Topics covered:

  • totalitarianism in Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Russia
  • fascism in Germany, Italy, and Spain
  • propaganda from Russia, Germany, and Italy
  • nationalism within fascist regimes
  • German and Japanese imperialism
  • Russian secret police & Mussolini's Blackshirts
  • Stalin's gulag system & forced labor
  • repression & persecution of political enemies

Please note this activity includes sensitive content.

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2 page warm-ups; 3 page guided notes; 8 page student activity; 7+ slides of notes
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Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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