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By first defining the characteristics and ideology of fascism, this presentation makes it easy for viewers to contextualize the rise of Mussolini in post-WWI Italy. Not only thorough and informative, the pictures and concepts featured in these slides will engage viewers' interest up to the last slide, where they might be surprised to learn how far-reaching and influencial Mussolini's rule became.
Using complete sentences and the five-W's as guidance, learners will respond to three short-answer questions about WWII. They'll discuss Mussolini's role, the ideologies of nationalism and anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust, and the Bataan Death March. Great to use prior to an end of the unit exam. 
Young scholars examine the causes and effects of World War II and the European dictators who began the war. In this World War II lesson plan, students explore questions regarding the Nations involved during World War II, and participate in several online activities that pertain to the questions regarding the countries involved in the war. Young scholars then examine the types of literature that was produced during the WWII era.
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 20 fill in the blank questions regarding the years between World Wars I and II. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Ninth graders investigate the original mandates of the League of Nations regarding the Middle East. They listen to a lecture/PowerPoint presentation on the end of the mandate system, and complete a fill-in-the-blank worksheet that corresponds with the lecture.
Rather than just memorizing and regurgitating a definition, your young historians will determine on their own what critical attributes the concept of absolutism entails! This excellent lesson plan involves analysis of a period portrait of King Louis XIV of France, and then group work to review, analyze, and classify several different examples of absolute monarchs.
While this instructional activity includes several nice worksheets to identify and discuss the various limits on government (i.e. a constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, consent of the governed, etc.), its main value lies in a case study of Alberto Fujimori's rise to power in Peru and rule as an autocrat. Learners use this real-world example to reflect on their new understandings of government limitations.
Picasso painted an image called Guernica; but what was it all about? Provide young artists with historical background about the events at Guernica which Picasso was responding to through art. The information provided is historical and does not delve into any aspects of the painting; however, it could be used along with the painting as learners analyze it fully. 
This interesting role-playing activity helps your class understand some of the qualities of totalitarianism by assigning each one as a spy or comrade citizen for a duration of five days. Students should find this highly engaging and informative; however, you will have to fill in the blanks of this under-developed lesson. There is no explanation of the foundational knowledge required prior to starting this activity, nor is there any description of the desired outcome or final assessment/discussion. Lots of potential!
Students analyze different perspectives of the history of the Holocaust. They experience primary and secondary sources along with pieces from literature, documentaries, songs and letters. A commitment of honor and dedication is expressed through the thoughts and feelings experienced by the survivors of the Holocaust viewed in this lesson plan.
Students examine the major turning points that shaped the modern world. In this Social Science lesson plan, students will trace the rise of democratic ideas and historical roots of current world issues. Students will research, write and discuss how our international relations lead to our involvement in WWI and II.
Students examine World War II through the use of literature. As a class, they brainstorm a list of words they relate to the war itself. In groups, they read various novels and view photographs showing the experiences of the Jews, British, Japanese and Germans throughout the war. They compare and contrast the various experiences to end the instructional activity.
Fifth graders examine primary sources to explore the events leading to World War II. In this World War II lesson, 5th graders  develop questions and research answers from information found in primary documents. Students view a video clip and complete a worksheet related to World War II events.
There are many reasons why the Second World War began, factors that your class will consider as they respond to each of these excellent questions. They'll discuss the causes and effects of the Great Depression, describe the fascist rule of Mussolini, and answer why and how Hitler came to power. Three great questions in need of three great answers. 
In this worksheet on allusion and vocabulary, high schoolers review a list of allusions and terms unique to Huxley's Brave New World. Worksheet serves as preparation for the reading.
Students examine the major allied differences on wartime strategy and goals during World War II. They read and analyze primary source documents, complete a worksheet, analyze a timeline, and write an essay.
Students investigate some the ways art has responded to conflict throughout history. Through teacher lecture and demonstration, students witness the historical background of a piece of artwork and how it reflects the conflict it represents. Students create their own piece of artwork to illustrate what September 11, 2001 meant in terms of US history.
In this reading comprehension activity, students read a passage describing the history of Italy's flag. Then they respond to six multiple choice questions based on the description they read. Students discover who chose the colors of the flag, the meaning of each color, and how the flag is sized.
Students examine Hitler's aggression and Europe's appeasement. In this World War II lesson, students take notes on a lecture about the build up of the war and examine images that help them understand war concepts.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Great Depression lesson, students examine photographs pertaining to economic troubles of the 1920's and 1930's. Students discuss how inflation led to Hitler's rise to power in Germany.

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