Diamond 9: Why did Germany and Russia sign the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939?
This outstanding resource has been designed to provide stretch and challenge for students studying why the USSR and Germany signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939. It can be used as a starter, plenary, revision or assessment activity. If you are looking for something more suitable for lower and middle ability then please check out my card sort matching exercise on this topic.

The resource includes nine diamond shaped cards that explain why both Germany and the USSR signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939. The document is provided in Microsoft Word so you can edit the resource if you wish to customise it further by changing any of the key factors that I have included. Once students have cut out the cards out they are set three tasks including:

1. Remove any reasons that you don’t think are important. Record and explain why you have removed them.
2. Arrange the remaining diamonds to show any links that you can find between the different reasons. Record and explain your reasons.
3. Make a smaller diamond shape using the four most important reasons to explain why Germany and the USSR signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact? Record and explain the reasons for your choices.

At each stage students should be feeding back to their group or the class and explaining their choices. The discussion and explanation around the choices that they have made are critical in helping them develop their understanding of the topic.

The aims and objectives for this lesson are:

Theme: How far was Hitler responsible for the outbreak of the SWW in 1939?
Know: What were the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact?
Analyse: Why did Stalin and Hitler sign the Nazi-Soviet Pact?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Evaluation and Judgement.

WILF: What Am I Looking For this lesson?
Identify and describe: The terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact
Explain: Why did Germany & USSR sign the Nazi-Soviet Pact?
Analyse: How far Hitler was responsible for the outbreak of the SWW?

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Created: May 28, 2017

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