The Nuremberg Trials Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Nuremberg Trials. Students will read a text lesson that explains the background, purpose, and rules of the trials as well as detailing the process, verdicts and legacy. Discussion questions and a research activity make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the background and purpose of the Nuremberg Trials
  • describe the process, outcome and legacy of the Nuremberg Trials


1 - 1.5 hours, plus additional time for the Activity


Key Vocabulary

  • Trial of the Major War Criminals
  • Moscow Conference
  • Potsdam Conference
  • Charter of the International Military Tribunal
  • Robert H. Jackson
  • Martin Bormann
  • Herman Goering

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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


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


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