Essential Question: What happened during the Holocaust?
Agenda: Today we look at some social commentary made in 1940 by famed actor/film maker Charlie Chaplin about the rise of fascism in Europe. Students will watch part of his famous "The Great Dictator" and reflect on its message of peace and equality.
Timelines of WWII and the Holocaust should include the Spanish-Civil War (the event that unites Italy and Germany in furthering fascism), the invasion of Czechoslovakia, the invasion of Poland, the invasion of Manchuria, the invasion of the Rhineland, the invasion of Ethiopia, and Kristallnacht. Also, in the other color (see Wednesday, January 17th's entry) to add Walter's arrest and the Blumenthal family's moves to Hanover and Holland.
Homework: Students should write at least one paragraph in response to the following prompt: How does "The Great Dictator" mock fascism? Due Monday, January 29.