Fall of France in 1940 Lesson

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Learning objectives

In this lesson, students will delve into the strategic decisions, military maneuvers, and key events that led to the surprising and rapid defeat of France by Nazi Germany in 1940. They'll gain insights into the vulnerabilities of the French defense, the tactics employed by Hitler, and the broader implications of France's surrender for World War II. Students will have the opportunity to achieve this through choosing their own method of learning, from reading, research, and watching options, as well as the chance to engage in extension activities. This lesson includes a self-marking quiz for students to demonstrate their learning.

How would you like to learn?

Option 1: Reading

Step 1: Download the reading questions worksheet below:

Fall of France Reading Questions.docx
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Step 2: Answer the questions while reading the webpage below:

Option 2: Internet research

Download a copy of the research worksheet and use the internet to complete the tables.

Fall of France Research Worksheet.docx
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Option 3: Watch video

Step 1: Download a copy of the viewing questions worksheet:

Blitzkrieg by the Numbers Viewing Questi
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Step 2: Answer the set questions by watching the documentary below:

Test your learning

Extension activities

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