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American Troops Liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany

Lesson Plan

Details of the Lesson

This lesson is designed for high school students studying World War II history. The lesson will cover the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by American troops in Germany.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp
  • Understand the significance of the liberation of Buchenwald
  • Can analyze primary sources related to the liberation of Buchenwald

Methodology

The lesson will begin with a brief lecture on the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Students will then analyze primary sources related to the liberation of Buchenwald, including photographs and first-hand accounts from American soldiers. Students will work in small groups to analyze the sources and discuss the significance of the liberation of Buchenwald. The lesson will conclude with a class discussion and reflection on the impact of the liberation of Buchenwald.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Primary sources related to the liberation of Buchenwald
  • Lecture notes on the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp
  • Small group discussion questions

Activities

  • Lecture on the history of the Buchenwald concentration camp
  • Analysis of primary sources related to the liberation of Buchenwald
  • Small group discussion and analysis of sources
  • Class discussion and reflection on the impact of the liberation of Buchenwald

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13 months ago
This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies.

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