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The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise...
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Totalitarianism

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Introduce the concept of Totalitarian government. This informative slide show outlines key reasons, events, and rulers that employ a Totalitarian Doctrine.
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Hitler¿¿¿s Fatal Gamble ? Comparing Totalitarianism and Democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students compare/contrast totalitarianism and democracy and examine their roles in World War II. They read a handout, complete a Venn diagram, and participate in a class discussion.
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The Russian Revolution and Totalitarianism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the rise of totalitarian governments after World War I. Using the Russian Revolution, they examine the causes and effects of this revolution and the role of Lenin. They use Stalin's rise to power to connect the...
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Why do wars occur?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Understanding the causes of war is one way (possibly) to prevent it. World War II is used as a case study to facilitate an understanding of reasons why wars start. Topics covered included Totalitarianism, scarcity of resources, need for...
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Totalitarianism Case Study: Stalinist Russia

For Students 9th - 10th
In this case study worksheet, students complete a web detailing the characteristics of Stalinist Russia then define some key terms.
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Putin: 'No way back' from democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Imagine a meeting between President Bush and Putin. Get your class thinking about global awareness, democracy, and totalitarian modes of government. They examine how two leaders approach major governmental issues and run their countries...
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Hitler's Fatal Gamble

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students consider the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. In this comparative politics lesson, students will read a handout describing the major components that comprise totalitarianism and democracy, then they will apply...
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Fascism Rises in Europe: Ch 31

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Help your class understand how Hitler achieved power prior to World War II. A strong presentation outlines the post-World War I social and economic context that primed Eastern Europe for a totalitarian dictator. It presents the...
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What Fostered the Axis?

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders present the major cultural, economic and political forces in Germany, Italy & Japan that allowed for the rise and dominance of totalitarian regimes in that country. They discuss how the above listed forces brought the...
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History: I'm Watching You 24/7

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the growth of authoritarian societies. Focusing on North Korea, they watch video clips looking for examples of totalitarianism and identify the problems there. They write letters to the editors of local newspapers...
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Adolf Hitler Fascist Totalitarian Dictator

For Teachers 7th - 11th
In this Adolf Hitler study guide worksheet, learners read a brief overview pertaining the Fascist totalitarian dictator and then respond to 3 reflection questions.
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Athens vs. Sparta

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Three regents questions, a compare and contrast exercise, and a bit of topical review on the similarities and difference of Athens and Sparta. Kids review the material, read several passages (not included), then work together to complete...
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Life in a Totalitarian State

For Teachers 6th - 10th
This interesting role-playing activity helps your class understand some of the qualities of totalitarianism by assigning each one as a spy or comrade citizen for a duration of five days. Students should find this highly engaging and...
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Comparing Regimes: Critical Reading of Memoirs and Experiences from Totalitarian Regimes

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Can you imagine living in a totalitarian country? Learners will read several primary source memoirs to gain a deeper understanding of what life is like under a controlled government. They'll discuss each piece in pairs, research...
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19c European Liberalism

For Teachers 9th - 11th
If you'd like to prompt some great discussions in your history class, this presentation will surely get your class talking. Addressing 19th century liberalism in Europe (including influences from England, France, America, and Ireland),...
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Totalitarianism and Its Rise in the Twentieth Century

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore the meaning of totalitarianism.  In this World History lesson, students evaluate totalitarianism as it relates to Hannah Arendt's life then share their findings with the class.
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The Dystopia of The Handmaid's Tale | The Great American Read

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Margaret Atwood calls her novel The Handmaid's Tale "speculative fiction" because she claims everything in the story has happened, is continuing to happen, and could happen again. With an interactive resource, learners examine three...
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Documents That Shape Society

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The Bill of Rights is a foundational document of American democracy, much like the Nuremberg Laws were a foundational document of the Reichstag of Nazi Germany. But that's where their similarities end. Engage high schoolers in a...
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World War II: The Beginning

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Want to cover WWII in a 45 slides? Most likely created by an older high school student, this presentation discusses key players and events common to WWII. The language is simple and conversational, but there is too much information on...
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Rise of Totalitarianism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in a simulation of inflation to help them consider how the German depression of the early 1920's contributed to the support of Adolf Hitler. They discuss how they would vote in a similar situation.
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North Korea-A True Totalitarian Government

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders analyze the differences among various forms of government to determine how power is acquired and used. They need to have a strong background regarding the rise of totalitarian governments after The Great War and the...
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Animal Farm - Context and Background

For Students 9th - 12th
George Orwell's allegorical Animal Farm is the focus of a video that introduces the concepts of political allegory and totalitarianism. A great way to generate interest in the novel.
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Russian Revolutions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work in teams to research the Russian Revolution. They prepare a short oral presentation with their findings, construct a timeline of major events and create questions for a class quiz.

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