In this activity, students are asked to read two short primary source excerpts (Chamberlain and Churchill). The readings deal with their respective views on appeasement.
Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler twice in 1938 to discuss Germany’s aggressive foreign policy and he conceded territory in order to preserve peace. On the other hand, Winston Churchill was the loudest and most important critic of Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement. He believed that Hitler and Germany needed to be dealt with more firmly. This activity has students compare and contrast these two views using a cooperative learning approach.
I have included step-by-step teacher instruction, cutouts, and readings. I have also included a picture of a completed student sample. This activity is ready to use! This activity is aligned to the Common Core Standards for History.
Key Words: World War II, Hitler, Appeasement, Causes of WWII