Ch 5: Socialism & Marxism Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Supplement your social studies lesson plans covering such topics as Marxism and socialism with the resources contained in this chapter. Review ideas for classroom activities, games, group and individual projects, class discussions and more with these helpful lesson plans.

Socialism and Marxism Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Who was Karl Marx? What is socialism? How are communism and capitalism different? Cover these kinds of topics with our short video and text lessons, and refer to our lesson plans to find innovative ways you can teach your students about these concepts. Our lesson plans encourage students to think creatively and study these topics in a different way than might be covered in a traditional curriculum through classroom activities, research assignments and individual projects, such as creating charts or conducting case studies.

The lessons that accompany these lesson plans can be used to present material to students in a different way, through expert instruction via video or text format. Have students take the self-assessment quizzes in these lessons to measure how much they have learned and retained about these social studies topics.

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  • Curriculum standards: Ensures that material being covered meets education standards.
  • Learning objectives: Helps you meet the learning objectives of your current lesson plans by providing a more in-depth look at topics that may not be focused on in a traditional curriculum.
  • Games and activities: Encourages class participation and better comprehension of this material through creative, hands-on approaches.
  • Additional resources: Uses video and text lessons that easily support your current lesson plans for this subject.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning social studies lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics about Marxism, socialism, capitalism and communism that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Marxism and socialism lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important social studies concepts from the lessons, such as aspects of communism, capitalism, Marxism and socialism.
  • Engage your students with relevant social studies activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

16 Lessons in Chapter 5: Socialism & Marxism Lesson Plans
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Socialism Lesson Plan

1. Socialism Lesson Plan

What is socialism and what are its principles for economic and political systems? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain this while an activity asks students to compare and contrast socialism to other economic and political systems.

Socialism: Definition & Leaders

2. Socialism: Definition & Leaders

This lesson defines and explains the 19th century political ideology socialism. In doing this, it will highlight the roles of the Industrial Revolution and the socialist experiments of Robert Owen and Charles Fourier.

Karl Marx Lesson Plan

3. Karl Marx Lesson Plan

Are your students familiar with Karl Marx? This lesson plan uses both text and video lessons to teach students about Marx's life and work. An activity highlights his theories in action.

Karl Marx: Biography, Books & Philosophy

4. Karl Marx: Biography, Books & Philosophy

In this lesson we will explore the life and philosophy of the German philosopher who arguably had more of an impact on 20th-century world events than any other man: Karl Marx.

Marxism Lesson Plan

5. Marxism Lesson Plan

What is Marxism and how does it differ from capitalism? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline critical facts about Marxism. An activity challenges students to apply its principles to their daily lives.

Marxism: Definition & Basic Tenets

6. Marxism: Definition & Basic Tenets

Marxism has been one of the most influential doctrines of the last several centuries, but how much do you really know about it? In this lesson, we'll go over the basic tenets of Marxism and see what this ideology is all about.

Capitalism Lesson Plan

7. Capitalism Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson, discussion questions and a hands-on, interactive marketing activity to introduce your students to the concept of capitalism.

Capitalism vs. Communism Lesson Plan

8. Capitalism vs. Communism Lesson Plan

What fundamental differences exist between capitalism and communism? This lesson plan explains this with two video lessons. An activity brings the principles of the two extremes to life for students.

What is Capitalism? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Capitalism? - Definition & Examples

This lesson explains what capitalism is and gives several examples to help illustrate how capitalism is executed in the business world. After completion of the lesson, take the quiz to gauge your learning.

Communism: Definition & Examples

10. Communism: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn the meaning of communism while briefly comparing it to capitalism. We'll then discuss different examples of communism. Finally, we'll discuss the significance of communism in the context of the Cold War.

Historical Materialism Lesson Plan

11. Historical Materialism Lesson Plan

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.

Theory of Historical Materialism: Definition & Example

12. Theory of Historical Materialism: Definition & Example

Historical materialism is how many traditional Marxists understand history. In this lesson, we'll define historical materialism and look at an example of how historical materialists view historical change.

Marxist Theory Activities

13. Marxist Theory Activities

The ideas of Karl Marx have had a significant influence on many governments and societies. This lesson provides teachers with activities that can be used to help students explore Marxist theory.

Communism Essay Prompts

14. Communism Essay Prompts

Learning about communism will not only help your students understand modern global history, it will also give them a sense of different possible political and economic philosophies. The prompts in this lesson will get your students thinking deeply and critically about communism.

Communism Lesson Plan

15. Communism Lesson Plan

Are you looking for a new way to teach students about communism? This video lesson grabs the attention of your students while defining and exemplifying communism. A small group activity takes mastery even further.

Capitalism vs Socialism Lesson Plan for Middle School

16. Capitalism vs Socialism Lesson Plan for Middle School

This lesson will help your middle school students learn the difference between capitalism and socialism. Students will read a text lesson and participate in a debate about these types of economies.

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