The Nazi Party Platform

Not all party platforms stay democratic. A resource covers many political issues in Germany during the time of World War II, and teaches pupils about the Nazi party platform and what went wrong. Individuals participate in a warm-up exercise that connects the past lesson in the series with the upcoming one, collaborative discussions, a mock press conference, as well as strategic literacy activities as assignments for homework.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show scholars the patterns that occur when many different democracies turn into dictatorships and how that mirrors events during the Nazi regime
  • Differentiate for English learners by providing pictures to help describe what the term party platform means
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires learners to read two chapters of another resource before beginning
  • Remember the sensitivity of the topic for some class members
Pros

  • Contains a list of related reads 
  • Scaffolds learning
  • Interests learners through a role-playing activity where they use investigative journalism to participate in a press conference
Cons

  • None