Do You Take the Oath?

Why did so many go along with Nazi policies during World War II? An investigatory unit includes four handouts, reading analyses, classroom discussion topics, and intriguing philosophical questions, helping learners understand the correlation between both obedience and evil, and obedience and good.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Teach scholars about the Milgram experiment, a psychological study about the power of obedience 
Classroom Considerations

  • Suggests reading two linked chapters before beginning
  • Builds on previous lessons in the 17-part series
Pros

  • Contributes useful handouts
  • Builds critical thinking skills
  • Scaffolds subject matter
  • Assessment and extension activities further reinforce learning
Cons

  • None