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April 8, 2013, Issue
Use and Misuse of Information
in Nazi Germany
Explore our featured skill using a Scope nonfiction
article, slide show, activity sheets, video, and more.

Featured Skills: central idea; using text evidence; integrating information from diverse media

In this powerful multimedia lesson, students will explore how and why Nazis controlled information. First, students will watch a video of author Kristin Lewis explaining how she wrote the article. They will then read and discuss “The Boys Who Fought the Nazis.” An activity, available in more-scaffolded and less-scaffolded versions, will help them identify its central ideas. A slide show will then take students deeper into their exploration of Nazi propaganda. Finally, students will synthesize what they have learned by responding to a writing prompt.

Main Objectives:
• to read a narrative nonfiction article and identify its central ideas
• to learn about and analyze a historical event
• to participate in whole-class and small-group discussions
• to synthesize information from multiple sources and respond to a writing prompt

Note: This step-by-step lesson plan is an interactive PDF that includes embedded links to everything you will need. To use these embedded links, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Download it free here. If you can’t use the embedded links, click the links below instead.

• April 8, 2013, issue of Scope
• digital version of “The Boys Who Fought the Nazis” to project
• video Scope Behind the Scenes: The Boys Who Fought the Nazis”
“Strategies for Teaching About the Holocaust”
Scope activity sheet “The Power of Information” Version 1 (more scaffolding) or Version 2 (less scaffolding)
Scope slide show “Images of Nazi Propaganda” to project
answer key for activity sheets and questions in slide show
contest entry form (optional)

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