WWII Activity: Dictator for the Day LESSON PLAN

WWII Activity: Dictator for the Day LESSON PLAN
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Great simulation for students to understand how it is to be under a dictatorship. You don't vote on a dictatorship in real life, but for classroom purposes have the kids choose a dictator but explain it (do this the day before). This will take an entire class period (the activity). Dictator will reorganize students to sit in certain rows. Number the rows and each will have a "certain" task to complete from good to bad (sharpening pencils, picking up trash that the dictator had put on the floor, copying the dictionary, writing a poem about how much they love the dictatorship, write an "I am" poem about how they feel under the dictatorship, create a dance)--this can be whatever you choose (be creative!!!). Next, one row will be the "special" people. They get to be on their phones and talk. I counted this as a quiz grade and students had to turn in the assignment at the end of class for a grade too. No one is allowed to talk unless spoken to by the dictator. When asked at random they must salute the dictator (dictator comes up with salute and country name). The point is for them to see how some where treated under dictatorships and during the Holocaust--essentially every one is not equal. The last 10 minutes of class, reflect with the questions. I as the teacher got to sit back and watch. I graded students as well as if they talked and were not suppose to, but overall the dictator is like the "teacher" for the day. All of the students enjoyed it and got the message.
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