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Nazi Propaganda - analysis of source material

Nazi Propaganda - analysis of source material

This activity uses a range of historical Nazi posters, analysing them for their historical content. The focus is initially on basic factual information but then considers the bias (what is the purpose of the poster?), before finally considering how students know this, thus using specific evidence from each poster as justification.

By gregornewton

Post-WWI: Rise of Totalitarian Dictators ~ An Introductory Activity ~

Post-WWI: Rise of Totalitarian Dictators ~ An Introductory Activity ~

In this 4 page packet you have everything needed to briefly introduce your students to the rise of Totalitarian leaders after WWI before you dig deeper.I use this lesson in both my U.S. and World History classes. Your students will: 1) Read a short 1 page introduction that explains what a Totalitarian state is and how it runs. (Included) 2) Use the information in the reading to fill in 1 section of their graphic organizer. (Included) 3) Use the class textbook or internet ( as a web quest), to fill in the sections of the chart about Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, comparing how each leader fits the description of a totalitarian state. (Info is: How did they control their citizenry? How did they deal with their opposition? Who did they blame for their countries problems? Etc...) 4) Complete a homework/extension activity that asks students to do some quick research on Totalitarianism today making connections from events of the past to events of today. (Worksheet/directions included)

By learningisapassion

WWII Atrocities: Holocaust and Rape of Nanking Document-Based Activity

WWII Atrocities: Holocaust and Rape of Nanking Document-Based Activity

This 22 page packet contains everything your students will need to complete a document based activity on the Atrocities Committed during WWII: Holocaust & Rape of Nanking. Your students will examine primary source documents and photographs to gain new understandings of these events and will see these events through the words of the victims and perpetrators involved. After completing this activity your students will have a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the lesser known, Rape of Nanking and will be able to identify discrepancies in the eyewitness accounts of these events. In this activity your students will: (all materials included) 1) Examine 10 photographs that depict the Holocaust and the Rape of Nanking; and will complete a photo analysis worksheet that will guide understanding. 2) Read and analyze 13 primary source excerpts, (eyewitness accounts) and complete a chart recording new understandings and discrepancies in these accounts. 3) Watch 2 videos on the internet (public access) on the Holocaust and Rape of Nanking and complete video guides while viewing (this part of the lesson is optional but included) 4) An Assessment/Homework Activity that requires students to synthesize their new understandings gained from this lesson. Common Core Activity –ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED

By learningisapassion

WWII: What was the U.S. & Allied War Strategy ~A Document Based Activity~

WWII: What was the U.S. & Allied War Strategy ~A Document Based Activity~

This 6 page packet is a perfect classwork or homework document based assignment following a lecture or other activity on the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. declaration of war. In this activity students will examine 8 primary source excerpts/charts on the war strategy adopted by the U.S. and Allies during WWII. After students read each excerpt they must answer 3-4 comprehension check questions about the source. After examining all 8 sources, students will be able to answer the following assessment question: "What was the cause of the United States entry into WWII and what was the war strategy that the U.S. and her Allies adopted?" and complete an INCLUDED Exit card activity! Answer Key Included COMMON CORE ASSIGNMENT

By learningisapassion

War on Land: D-Day

War on Land: D-Day

A useful lesson starter and class task on the D Day landings. Students are given a selection of images and they must first try to work out what is going on in each (all images from WikiCommons). Then, after a class discussion, they need to try to put them in the correct order. Once finished, they can try to match them up and rearrange the events on the PowerPoint presentation, before sticking/writing into their books. A map of the D Day landings has also been included, to be used alongside the questions from the PowerPoint. This is a useful introduction to D Day and can be used as a springboard for further tasks.

By PaulMid

The War in the Air Activities

The War in the Air Activities

A number of worksheets focusing on the war in the air and the Battle of Britain. The PowerPoint can be used as a starter activity: students are given a poster showing British and German planes (in pairs); they must hold up coloured pages (from planners) to decide whether the plane on the board is British or German. There are then a number of questions based on the Battle of Britain map that has been included, along with a source analysis of the War in the Air.

By PaulMid