Mein Kampf 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 will help students summarize the autobiography and define pertinent academic vocabulary in context as they learn about ''Mein Kampf'' by Adolf Hitler.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, students will be able to:

  • Summarize key points in the lesson
  • Define domain-specific vocabulary in context


120 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.


  • annihilation
  • anti-Semitism
  • armistice
  • autobiographical
  • Beer Hall Putsch
  • coup
  • Mein Kampf
  • ideology
  • megalomaniac
  • nationalism
  • notorious
  • propaganda
  • resurgence
  • Social Darwinism
  • treatise


  • copies of the lesson
  • highlighter
  • dictionary and other reference materials
  • paper
  • pens
  • computer access

Reading & Discussion Questions

    • Read Mein Kampf: Definition, Summary & Quotes as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What literary genre is Mein Kampf?
    • What was the goal of the Nazi Party in the 1920s?
    • Why was Hitler arrested?
    • What did Hitler do while imprisoned?
    • How are the two volumes of Mein Kampf different?
    • What type of government did Hitler favor? Why?
    • According to Hitler, who is to blame for Germany's defeat during World War I?
    • What views does Hitler express towards German Jews in Mein Kampf?
    • What is Social Darwinism?
    • According to Hitler, what is the role of propaganda and revolution?
    • What did Hitler think about Marxism?
    • What was Hitler's solution to population growth in Germany?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to complete on their own.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Summary Activity

Materials: copies of the lesson, paper, pens, other reference materials, computer access

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Assign each group a topic from the lesson to research. Topics may include:
    • The Beer Hall Putsch
    • Landsberg Prison
    • Hitler's Use of Propaganda
    • Social Darwinism
    • Marxism
    • German Lebensraum
  • Have each group research their topic, identifying at least 2 additional sources.
  • Each group will combine the information in the lesson and their sources to create a technology-based presentation for the class.

Academic Vocabulary

Materials: copies of lesson, highlighter, dictionary and other reference materials, paper, pens

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