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Amy Blackerby


Unit Plan Framework

Sixth Grade Social Studies
SS6H7 The student will explain conflict and change in Europe to the 21
a. Describe major world developments following World War I: the Russian Revolution,
the Treaty of Versailles, worldwide depression, and the rise of Nazism.

Day 1:
Essential Question: How did the Treaty of Versailles cripple the German economy?
Investigate/discuss what students already know concerning the end of WWI.
Introduce key vocabulary for the unit and review WWI vocabulary. (Remembering)
Preview a timeline of events beginning with WWI through WWII. (Understanding)
Lead a discussion/Prezi presentation presenting statistics of the worldwide
depression. (Understanding)
Review a copy of the Treaty of Versailles together in small groups highlighting
significant parts concerning Germanys war reparations. (Understanding)

Day 2:
Essential Question: What conditions in Post-WWI Europe led to the rise of Nazism in
Germany and the Russian Revolution?
Lead a short lecture/Prezi/class discussion on the rise of Nazism and Hitler in Germany
in 1933 and the Russian Revolution in 1917. (Applying)
Divide the class into 2 groups Russians and Germans. Assign roles to students in
each group representing citizens of those two countries. Students will write short
journal entries from the point of view of their assigned citizens. Research will be
conducted in computer lab and/or using textbooks/handouts. (Applying)

Day 3:
Essential Question: Why did the German citizens and Russian citizens choose to change
their governments during this time?
Have students teach the class about the changing conditions in Germany and Russia by
presenting their journal entries from their different assigned perspectives. (Analyzing)
Brainstorm with students as a class and create a graphic organizer comparing and
contrasting the economic, social, and political conditions in Russia and Germany.

Day 4:
Essential Question: How do the events of Post-WWI Europe lead to depression and an
eventual new World War?
Watch actual video footage of the speeches of world leaders during this time.
Discuss Hitler and his beliefs and what made him compelled to lead Germany into
another war. (Evaluating)
Using the class graphic organizer, assign students the task of writing interview
questions to take home as an assignment to ask an older family member/neighbor or
friend about their memories or the memories that they heard from their parents about
the Great Depression and WWII. (Evaluating)

Day 5:
Essential Question: Were the citizens of Germany and Russia brainwashed during this
time? Why or why not?
Explain the methods used by the Nazis and the Russian Revolutionists to overthrow
their governments. (Creating)
Divide students into small groups and have them create propaganda posters focusing
on either the Russian Revolution or the Rise of Nazism. (Creating)