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

Length

1 - 1.5 hours, plus additional time for the Activity

Materials

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

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