This Powerpoint Presentation is specifically targeting 13 to 16 year old students of History. There are 22 slides with a selection of appropriate pictures, fact files and maps included. It is an introductory part of a wider document about “The Development of a Dictatorship – Adolf Hitler”. The resource documents the early years of Hitler up to the end of World War One and it looks more closely at the experiences that shaped his life. Who and what influenced him as he was growing up in Austria and how did being part of an Infantry Regiment in WW1 mould his character. The critical question is asked, how and why did Hitler take his chosen path to infamy?
In terms of historical understanding, many National Curriculum prerequisites have been covered and include evidence, continuity, change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. However in short, the most important content is evidence of how and why Adolf Hitler turned into a cruel demagogue. A key element in the presentation is the chronological nature of the study. The World War 1 years also offer an ideal opportunity to learn more about the advances in technology.
There are 22 slides with images that are followed by suggested challenges for students to complete. The slides containing maps are available for printing and use in lessons.
Slide 25 offers suggested ways in which the presentation can be managed in the classroom.
Slide 26 to 38 contains sets of quiz questions that are differentiated for a wide range of abilities.
Slide 39 offers writing challenges that are aimed at helping 13 year old students to extend their writing skills from a basic level to advanced levels in preparation for higher examination targets in the future.
Slides 40 to 45 are script notes for use by students who can take part in the presentation if directed by the teacher. This unit of work is ideal for between 3 and 6 hours of commitment in the classroom and possibly for use as a homework challenge.