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New Review The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise of these regimes by debating as either isolationists or interventionists.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 27 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Hitler's Fatal Gamble
Young scholars consider the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. In this comparative politics lesson, students will read a handout describing the major components that comprise totalitarianism and democracy, then they will apply what they have learned to Hitler's choices during WWII.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 95 Downloads
Putin: 'No way back' from democracy
Imagine a meeting between President Bush and Putin. Get your class thinking about global awareness, democracy, and totalitarian modes of government. They examine how two leaders approach major governmental issues and run their countries in different ways.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 37 Downloads
Why do wars occur?
Understanding the causes of war is one way (possibly) to prevent it. World War II is used as a case study to facilitate an understanding of reasons why wars start. Topics covered included Totalitarianism, scarcity of resources, need for political and economic freedom.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 11 Downloads
Life in a Totalitarian State
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.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History 50 Views 72 Downloads
HitlerÂ¿Â¿Â¿s Fatal Gamble ? Comparing Totalitarianism and Democracy
Students compare/contrast totalitarianism and democracy and examine their roles in World War II. They read a handout, complete a Venn diagram, and participate in a class discussion.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 34 Downloads
Totalitarianism and Its Rise in the Twentieth Century
Pupils explore the meaning of totalitarianism. In this World History lesson, students evaluate totalitarianism as it relates to Hannah Arendt's life then share their findings with the class.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 11 Views 54 Downloads
Athens vs. Sparta
Three regents questions, a compare and contrast exercise, and a bit of topical review on the similarities and difference of Athens and Sparta. Kids review the material, read several passages (not included), then work together to complete the regents questions and Venn diagram.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 33 Downloads
19c European Liberalism
If you'd like to prompt some great discussions in your history class, this presentation will surely get your class talking. Addressing 19th century liberalism in Europe (including influences from England, France, America, and Ireland), the slides focus on key information and differences between the different schools of thought.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 12 Views 24 Downloads
Fascism Rises in Europe: Ch 31
Help your class understand how Hitler achieved power prior to World War II. A strong presentation outlines the post-World War I social and economic context that primed Eastern Europe for a totalitarian dictator. It presents the vocabulary and concepts in a logical and understandable way.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 60 Downloads
Absolutism: A Concept Formation Lesson
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 104 Views 75 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What Fostered the Axis?
Ninth graders present the major cultural, economic and political forces in Germany, Italy & Japan that allowed for the rise and dominance of totalitarian regimes in that country. They discuss how the above listed forces brought the three countries together to form the Axis Powers and design and create a visual representation.
9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 15 Downloads
History: I'm Watching You 24/7
Students examine the growth of authoritarian societies. Focusing on North Korea, they watch video clips looking for examples of totalitarianism and identify the problems there. They write letters to the editors of local newspapers expressing their views on how to resolve the nuclear issue with North Korea.
9th - 10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
Lessons from the Holocaust
This lesson plan includes an excellent informational text with background information on the Holocaust, as well as worksheets, book report guidelines, and discussion questions on Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. There is also an extension lesson relating the atrocity of the Holocaust to the modern conflict in Africa between the Sudanese government and African tribes.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History 114 Views 100 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Russian Revolution and Totalitarianism
Students examine the rise of totalitarian governments after World War I. Using the Russian Revolution, they examine the causes and effects of this revolution and the role of Lenin. They use Stalin's rise to power to connect the relationships between economic and political policies.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 81 Downloads
North Korea-A True Totalitarian Government
Ninth graders analyze the differences among various forms of government to determine how power is acquired and used. They need to have a strong background regarding the rise of totalitarian governments after The Great War and the reasons for Adolph Hitler's anger over the vindictiveness of the Treaty of Versailles.
9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 15 Downloads
World War II: The Beginning
Want to cover WWII in a 45 slides? Most likely created by an older high school student, this presentation discusses key players and events common to WWII. The language is simple and conversational, but there is too much information on each slide.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 46 Downloads
Comparing Regimes: Critical Reading of Memoirs and Experiences from Totalitarian Regimes
Can you imagine living in a totalitarian country? Learners will read several primary source memoirs to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like under a controlled government. They'll discuss each piece in pairs, research totalitarian regimes, and write an essay which describes what it would feel like to live without freedom.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 24 Downloads