Saturday, February 27, 2016

Interwar Period through Images
Atlantic Magazine published 45 black and white stunning photographs of the interwar period around the world.

Among the 45 images are Hitler and Mussolini shaking hands in Germany, Japanese aircraft carrying out air raids over China, Chinese General Chiang Kai-shek sitting with the chairman of the Yunan provincial government, and four Italian soldiers taking aim in Ethiopia in 1935.

Together, the images offer a terrific overview of the rise of fascism and authoritarianism around the world in the 1920's and 30's.

Classroom Connection: I gave students the link to the images and had them sort them at least four different ways. Then I asked them to log into a common google doc, which I posted on Google Classroom,  and create a descriptive title for each group. Students could easily see what others were posting with the common google doc.

The lesson took about 25 minutes and allowed students to analyze interesting images and manipulate them in ways that might help them better understand the interwar period.

Thanks to my colleague, Jeff Feinstein, who gave me the sorting idea for this lesson and Brenda Liz Garcia‎ who posted the link to the Atlantic story on Facebook.

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