Historical Materialism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the theory of historical materialism. By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to cite an example of historical materialism and describe it using content-specific terms.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on civic values, students will be able to:

  • Summarize historical materialism and provide examples from history to illustrate it.
  • Understand and use academic vocabulary related to economics and Marxism.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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.


  • Capitalism
  • Communism
  • Economic production
  • Evolution
  • Feudalism
  • Hierarchical society
  • Historical materialism
  • Mode of production
  • Merchant class
  • Nobility
  • Peasants
  • Proletariat
  • Reductionist
  • Superstructure
  • The Communist Manifesto


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Access to reference materials
  • Highlighters
  • Paper
  • Pencils

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