History Resource Cupboard – lessons and resources for schools

History Resource Cupboard - lessons and resources for schools

The Rise of the Hitler: An overview

HitlerLeading Nazis believed Hitler was superhuman and destined to rule. Were they right? This active and engaging lesson establishes an overview of the Nazis. Comparing Hitler’s life with Germany’s fortunes to 1933, can your pupils explain the relationship? No writing, but loads of engagement and thinking.

Starting with an oblique hook your students are asked to guess who was described as ‘Like God’ and ‘God Like’? They are then shown a short film clip which establishes that some believed that Hitler was chosen by God to rule.  How accurate is this hypothesis?

Using the idea of a living graph your students will plot Hitler’s life then Germany’s fortunes. Can they work out the relationship? This is an outstanding lesson that is accessible yet challenging all at the same time – and it gets over some really tricky ideas in a clear and meaningful way.


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