Adolf Hitler

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The lesson introduces students to Adolf Hitler and his impact on the world as he led Germany and was responsible for millions of deaths during the Holocaust.  Most students will have heard of Hitler but may not fully understand the negative impact he had on people’s lives during World War II.  There are also other interesting facts included about the dictator.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons relates to World War II, the Nazi Party, and the Holocaust.

Adolf Hitler Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Adolf Hitler
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to Adolf Hitler and his impact on the world as he led Germany and was responsible for millions of deaths during the Holocaust. The lesson begins with a definition of dictator and mentions a few other well-known dictators like Stalin and Kim Jong-Un. A brief biography of Hitler follows, including his interest in Marxism and anti-Semitism. The lesson then discusses Hitler as he relates to the rise of the Nazi party, the Holocaust, WWII and concentration camps. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons relating to World War II, the Nazi Party, and the Holocaust.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Ask students the conditions that might need to be in place for a person to become a dictator of a country. You may need to review the meaning of the word dictator.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they have ever heard the name Adolf Hitler and to share what they know about the man.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Adolf Hitler to the class.
  4. Distribute Adolf Hitler content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Place students in groups of 3 or more.  Allow sufficient time for the students to discuss and respond to each of the questions.  Stress to students they all have a right to share their opinion, they must respect each other’s opinion, and write their personal responses in the spaces provided.
  6. Once completed, conduct a class discussion related to the Ten Questions.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: How different do you think the world might be if Adolf Hitler either never lived or had become an artist?  Do you believe there could be another “Hitler” in the world someday?  Why or why not? 
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Also, ask students if Hitler could have become a famous artist instead of an infamous dictator?  Why or why not?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies