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Topic: WWII Evaluation of Nationalism

World History/WWII

12th grade CP World History

(Note: Lesson plan based on a 40 min. time frame, could be shortened
in half if needed)
1. Students will define Nationalism and list the differing views of those within
the axis powers that caused WWII. Ie. Hitler et al. (Knowledge)
2. The students will discuss and examine the correlation between Nationalistic
views of one of the Axis powers with a Nationalistic view of today via written
outline in class cooperatively (Analysis & Comprehension)
3. Students will be able to compare and contrast the nationalistic view of the axis
powers to those nationalistic views of today for homework (as per essay
analysis two page, 12 pt., double spaced type, rubric given). (Analysis &
Pennsylvania Academic Standards:
(World History)
8.4.12.A. Evaluate significance of individuals and groups who made major
political and cultural contributions to world history since 1450.

Political and Military Leaders (ie. Adolf Hitler, Stalin,

8.4.12.D. Evaluate how conflict and cooperation among social groups and
organizations impacted world history from 1450 to present in Africa, Americas,
Asia and Europe.

Domestic Instability

Ethnic and Racial Relations

Immigration and Migration

Military Conflicts

(Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

1.1.11.D. Identify, describe, evaluate and synthesize essential ideas in the text.
1.1.11.H. Demonstrate fluency and comprehension in reading.
1.2.11.A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and
documents in all academic areas.

Use teacher and student established criteria for making decisions

and drawing conclusions.

1.2.11.B. Use and understand a variety of media and evaluate the quality of
material produced.

Select appropriate electronic media for research and evaluate the

quality of the information received.

1.4.11.B. Write complex informational pieces (e.g. research papers, analyses,

evaluations, essays)

Include a variety of methods to develop the main idea.

Use precise language and specific detail.

Include cause and effect.

Use primary and secondary sources.

1.4.11.C. Write persuasive pieces.


Include clearly stated position or opinion.

Develop reader interest.

Include a variety of methods to advance the argument or position.

Instructional Procedures:
1. As a hook, ask question: What is Nationalism? (2 min.)







First, give students time to answer.

Second, show power point of definition.

Finally, have the students write definition in notebook.

Ask students if they have heard of the Axis Powers. (2 min.)


Make mental note of students that are familiar with the term.

Give definition of Axis powers for students to write down.

Briefly discuss the culmination of access powers.

Begin lesson by showing students power point on Hitler. (5 min.)


Have students write notes on Hitler.

Brief analysis of Hitler info and photo.

Introduce next power point on Mussolini. (5 min.)


Have students write notes on Mussolini.

Brief analysis of Mussolini info and photo.

Introduce next power point on Stalin. (5 min.)


Have students write notes on Stalin.

Brief analysis of Stalin info and photo.

Introduce last power point on General Yamamoto. (5 min.)


Have students write notes on Yamamoto.

Brief analysis of Yamamoto info and photo.

Have students group with their neighbor to discuss Axis powers, pick one
and compare nationalistic views of the Axis power with a nationalistic

view of someone today in chart form. As students discuss, walk around

room to assist and answer questions. (15 min.)

Have students, for homework, write a clear two page essay comparing one
of the axis powers during WWII and their Nationalistic view with a
character of today and his/her Nationalistic view. (1 min.)

Strategies for Diverse Learners:

1. Define Nationalism in detail and have students take notes. Give opportunity
for students to ask questions if they need clarification.
2. Define what are the Axis powers. Use visual notes and pictures of the Axis
3. Give detailed description of political views of Axis powers and nationalistic
ideals for the students to obtain a better understanding.
4. Students work cooperatively to discuss Nationalistic views of the Axis powers
with a Nationalistic view of today, compare and contrast views.
5. Give a homework regarding Nationalism and compare/contrast views of one
of the Axis powers to views to Nationalistic views today essay two pages
double spaced typed, 12 point. Follow rubric guidelines given at the beginning
of the year.
6. Remind students that all information about Axis powers and rubric can be
located on blackboard site.
Evaluation Procedures:
1. Have students write notes on Nationalism and the Axis powers of WWII as
well as ask questions periodically to check for understanding while discussing
each of the Axis powers. (Formative)
2. Give students the opportunity for brief discussion on the topic and relation to
nationalistic views in the world today with their input in a cooperative setting.
Also check for relative understanding while walking around the room during
discussion. (Formative and Summative)
3. Have students write a two-page essay for homework on Nationalism and have
them compare/contrast views of one of the Axis powers to views to
Nationalistic views today. (Summative)

1. PowerPoint presentation visual notes and pictures on Smart board.

2. Chalkboard for further clarification if needed.
3. Pass around the translated book, Mein Kampf written by Hitler.
4. Use of a map on Europe and Russia if needed.

Adolf Hitler. (1990). Retrieved September 20, 2008,
Benito Mussolini. (2008). GIWorld War II Commemoration, Retrieved September 20,
2008, from
Emperor Hirohito. (1997). PBS Biography. Retrieved September 21, 2008,
Fascism. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved September 20, 2008,
Joseph Stalin. (1999). PBS Biography. Retrieved September 20, 2008,
Militarism and WW2. (2002). Japan-guide. Retrieved September 21, 2008, from
Nationalism. (2005). In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved September 20,
2008, from