Fascism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Perhaps no other word gets thrown around as much without really knowing what it means as ~'Fascist~'. After this lesson plan from, your students won't be using it without understanding its implications.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson students should be able to do the following:

  • Explain how Fascism became popular in 20th-century Europe.
  • Analyze how fear contributed to Fascism.


40 minutes, plus 40 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Key Terms

During the lesson, students should pay special attention to the following terms:

  • Fascism
  • Authoritarianism
  • Xenophobia
  • Nationalism


Before the video, review the aftermath of World War I with the class. Point out the implications of the Versailles Treaty with respect to Germany. Also, focus on how the Italian economy and government were both suffering.


Play the video Fascism: Characteristics, History, & Rise, pausing to make sure that students take note of the key terms. Additionally, focus on the discussion questions given below:

  • 0:56 - At its core, what three strands do different Fascist governments have in common?
  • 2:22 - Why might a special unit of police or troops be necessary for a Fascist leader?
  • 4:07 - Compare and contrast the contributions of xenophobia and nationalism in a Fascist state.
  • 6:20 - Using each of the examples of Authoritarianism, Nationalism, and Xenophobia, how was Hitler's Germany a 'perfect' Fascist state?

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