Lesson Plan

Using Primary Sources: Nazi Spy Ring Busted

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Spy games are not just for professionals anymore! Scholars use short video clips, primary documents, and photographs to investigate Nazi spies in America during World War II.  The young detectives analyze the paranoia warfare can create and consider any parallels to today. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a court room and role play a trial of Dr. Fred Thomas
  • Split class into two teams and debate the treatment of suspected spies during World War II
Classroom Considerations
  • Create two stations for artifacts prior to the lesson
  • Print out photos of Dr. Fred Thomas and place them at the two stations
  • The second in a three-part unit 
  • Provides a useable slideshow on the primary documents
  • Resource contains printable primary documents and worksheets
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