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This informational text explores the events of World War II as experienced by Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl whose life was permanently changed by the war.Pair “Who Was Anne Frank?” with “Adolf Hitler” to show students how one young girl was affected by Hitler’s leadership. How does “Who Was Anne Frank?” explores ways in which Hitler and his regime were prejudiced against Jews? How does the text show the vast number of people that aided Hitler in his mass killing of Jews?
This informational text explains what the Holocaust was, who it affected, who carried it out, and how it ended.Pair “Introduction to the Holocaust” with “Adolf Hitler” to provide students with additional information on Hitler’s mass killing of 6 million Jews. Ask students to discuss how the treatment of Jews progressed in Germany. What other groups, besides Jews, were affected by Hitler’s regime?
"Herd Behavior" describes how individuals change when they are part of a crowd.Pair “Herd Behavior” with “Adolf Hitler” to provide students with additional information on why people tend to follow the crowd. How do the explanations given in “Herd Behavior” translate to people’s willingness to follow Hitler? How might “group mind” have contributed to people’s violent treatment of Jews during WWII?
In this quotation, Martin Niemöller, a German anti-Nazi activist and Lutheran pastor, reflects on the consequences of staying silent and not protesting arrests made during World War II.Pair “First They Came…” with “Adolf Hitler” to provide students with background information on Hitler's regime leading up to and during World War II. Ask students to consider why people followed Hitler or remained silent during his dictatorship. How did Hitler use fear to control people?
The informational text "Life in a Totalitarian Country" helps students understand the characteristics of totalitarian nations.Pair “Adolf Hitler” with “Life in a Totalitarian Country” to provide students with additional information about the dictator Adolf Hitler. How did Hitler become a dictator in Germany? How does this compare to the way in which dictators increased their power in North Korea? What additional examples in the text “Adolf Hitler” confirm that Germany was a totalitarian country during World War II?