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Lesson Plan: The Hindenburg Airship Disaster

Lesson Details

Subject: History

Grade Level: High School

Duration: 1 hour

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the history and significance of the Hindenburg airship
  • Understand the causes and consequences of the Hindenburg disaster
  • Can analyze primary sources related to the Hindenburg disaster


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and primary source analysis.


  • Primary sources related to the Hindenburg disaster (photographs, newsreels, eyewitness accounts)
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts with discussion questions


Introduction (10 minutes)

The teacher will introduce the topic of the Hindenburg airship and its significance in history. Students will be asked to brainstorm what they know about the Hindenburg.

Lecture (20 minutes)

The teacher will give a brief lecture on the Hindenburg disaster, including its causes and consequences. Students will take notes during the lecture.

Primary Source Analysis (20 minutes)

Students will work in small groups to analyze primary sources related to the Hindenburg disaster. They will be given a set of discussion questions to guide their analysis.

Discussion (10 minutes)

The class will come together for a discussion of the primary sources and their analysis. The teacher will guide the discussion and ask students to share their insights.

Assessment (10 minutes)

Students will individually write a short reflection on what they learned about the Hindenburg disaster and its significance in history.

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