Key Question (s) : Why did the Second World War break out in 1939?
Support questions : Was Hitler to blame for the Second World War? How successful was Appeasement?
The main themes are the causes of the Second World War and the events between 1936 and 1939 that represented the road to war, with a focus on Appeasement in 1938. The main knowledge and understanding is provided by means of two Power Point presentations, 'The Road to War' (22 slides) and 'Appeasement' (13 slides) with YouTube clips and accompanying information sheets. Worksheets and Activity sheets are provided to cover the ability range.
Assessment: an extended writing task to answer the question 'Was Hitler to blame for the Second World War?' and there are opportunities for assessing source handling skills and interpretation.
Concepts: causation (long- and short-term, multi-causality, inter-connection of causes), chronology, empathy, historical significance, source analysis, interpretation; appeasement, treaty, alliance, pact, self-determination, Anschluss, lebensraum, compromise, conference, demilitarise, rearm, depression, dictator, public opinion.