C20th History Week 5 – Comparison of Ideologies

Audio version of this post: c20thhistoryweek5

Excuse my absence this week dear students, I am on Year 12 camp. I will see you on Thursday. In the meantime, I have a task or two to set you – how unlike me! 🙂

Your task is to work in pairs and research the attitudes of the Nazis in Germany, the Fascists in Italy and the Communists in Russia and China to the following things:

  • race  (what races were these ideologies against?)
  • the function of the state (how the country should be run and what it should do for its people)
  • individual and state (how did these ideologies view the importance of individuals in comparison to the state?)
  • gender (how did these ideologies view men and women?)
  • social class (working class, upper class etc)
  • democracy (the people having a say and a vote)
  • nationalism (was it an important part of the ideology?)

(Don’t forget to have another look at the reading you got a couple of classes ago. That has something about Nazi policies in it).

As you are completing your research, make sure you are keeping the information in an easy to understand table for future reference. When you are done, you need to present the information to everyone else. You can choose any number of ways to do this:

  • set up an interview role play situation and make a movie
  • use KeyNote – but make sure it includes a voice recording, not just slides with dot points cause that is really BORING
  • use Xtranormal and create a short 3D movie. It’s pretty straightforward to use. Just sign up, type up your script, select a few details and it’s done.

But WAIT! Before you go any further, there is something else you have to do. It’s all very well to have a topic and head off to the world wide web to reserach it, but unless you are very good at using Google, that can be a confusing thing to do. So, I want you to go to this blog post called ‘Better Googling‘ and watch the videos (which you will also find on the K drive in StudentShare), click on the links and in your comparison table, make sure you note down where you got your information from as well as HOW you found it – which search trick you used. You need to also watch out for the next blog post called ‘Searching WITHOUT Google.’

Make sure that with your reserach you can show that you have used Google in AT LEAST three different ways AND have used AT LEAST three sites OTHER THAN Google to search for your info.

I expect that this task will be completed by the end of class on Friday.

Some key terms to be using in your searches: policy, communism, communist, nazi, nazism, fascist, fascism, gender, race, nationalism, attitude, social class.

See you on Thursday – I’m expecting that you would have made a VERY decent start by then, even if some of it has to be done at home.

Image is sick building.