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by CommonLit Staff

2015

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "The Third Wave" by CommonLit Staff.

The Third Wave was an experimental social movement created by high school history teacher Ron Jones in 1967 to explain how the German populace could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during the Second World War. While he taught his students about Nazi Germany during his "Contemporary World History" class, Jones found it difficult to explain how the German people could accept the actions of the Nazis, and decided to create a social movement as a demonstration of the appeal of fascism. As the movement grew outside his class and began to number in the hundreds, Jones began to feel that the movement had spiraled out of control.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Power & Greed and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"Why do people follow the crowd?" and "How does power corrupt?"

Ways to support your child: