Totalitarianism Teacher Resources
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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. 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!
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.
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.
Totalitarianism and Its Rise in the Twentieth Century
Students explore the meaning of totalitarianism. For this World History lesson, students evaluate totalitarianism as it relates to Hannah Arendt's life then share their findings with the class.
Hitler's Fatal Gamble
Students consider the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. In this comparative politics lesson plan, 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. Students will engage in a class discussion, research, and fill in a Venn diagram.
Introduce the concept of Totalitarian government. This informative slide show outlines key reasons, events, and rulers that employ a Totalitarian Doctrine.
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.
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.
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.
New! 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.
New! 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.
Totalitarianism Case Study: Stalinist Russia
In this Stalinist Russia learning exercise, students complete a graphic organizer by filling in characteristics of life under Stalin's totalitarian state.
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. They discuss how Fascism rose after World War I as well.
Adolf Hitler Fascist Totalitarian Dictator
For this Adolf Hitler study guide worksheet, pupils read a brief overview pertaining the Fascist totalitarian dictator and then respond to 3 reflection questions.
Never To Forget
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
1984, by George Orwell - Fact or Fantasy?
Students read 1984 by George Orwell. They research a country who has dictators similar to Oceania's leaders and create a outline for a paper. In addition, they create a web page from their information.
Why Is North Korea Going At It Alone?
Students examine the division of North and South Korea. They identify the ideological differences and the tensions between the two countries. They discuss the threat of nuclear weapons as well.
The Reunification of Germany
Students explore the process Germany went through to reunify. In this World History lesson, students complete numerous activities, including research, map and graph data and analyzing documents, to develop an understanding of the Reunification of Germany.
Rise of Totalitarianism
Students participate in a simulation of inflation to help them consider how the German depression of the early 1920's contributed to the support of Adolf Hitler. They discuss how they would vote in a similar situation.
"History of My Family"
Students explore world geography by participating in a family history project. In this U.S.S.R. lesson, students read assigned text regarding the Stalinist era of Russia and the intolerance that thrived there. Students answer a list of family history questions and study questions based on the current state of Russia.