Diamond 9: Why did Germany feel humilated by the Treaty of Versailles?

This outstanding diamond 9 activity has been designed to provide stretch and challenge for students studying why Germany hated the Treaty of Versailles, 1919 . 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, which can be downloaded from my TES shop. This resource will easily work alongside any main steam textbook or resource on this topic.

The resource includes nine diamond shaped cards which include a range of factors which describe the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919. 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 why Germany hated the Treaty of Versailles. 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 thinking skills as well as their understanding of the topic.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: The Treaty of Versailles
Know: What were the terms of the Treaty of Versailles?
Understand: What were the economic, political, territorial and military consequences for Germany?
Evaluate: which of the terms would most Germans have found the most humiliating?
Skills: Analysis, Evaluation, Discussion & Collaboration.

WILF - What Am I Looking For?
Identify and describe: the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919?
Explain: The economic, political, territorial and military consequences of the treaty for Germany?
Analyse: Which consequences or terms were the most humiliating for Germany?

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Created: Jun 10, 2017

Updated: Jun 2, 2019


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