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Nazi Germany Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Hitler's rise to power in Germany. After watching and discussing an informative video, students will break into groups for greater research and discussion, before making presentations to the class.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe major events of the rise and fall of Hitler's Third Reich
  • Describe the defining features of Nazi Germany
  • Contextualize the era's events within the historical period

Length

1 hour

Materials

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary terms:

  • Adolf Hitler
  • National Socialist German Workers' Party
  • SA
  • SS
  • Gestapo
  • Jews
  • Policy of appeasement
  • Final Solution

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3

Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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