Atlantic Charter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the Atlantic Charter with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the charter, its background and impacts. They will then discuss and analyze content, and apply their knowledge with an activity and quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the background of the Atlantic Charter
  • explain the components of the Atlantic Charter
  • discuss and analyze the impact of the Atlantic Charter


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Atlantic Charter
  • Four Freedoms
  • London Declaration

Curriculum Standards


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Pose the question 'To what freedoms are all humans entitled?'
  • Allow students a few minutes to reflect, then give them five minutes to journal their answers.
  • Divide students into small groups and have them share their answers, noticing similarities and differences and defending their thinking with logic and reason.
  • Now discuss as a whole group. Ask:
    • Why do you think human beings should be assured these freedoms?
    • What role does politics and government play in ensuring these freedoms?
    • What role do we as people play in ensuring these freedoms for ourselves? For others?
  • Title the board 'The Atlantic Charter' and preview vocabulary.

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