World War Ii and Hitler

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World War Two
Causes
Information and
Activity Worksheets
Ages 11 - 14

H Y Wheeler

Worksheets
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Section 1
Introduction
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6

- Information
- Suggested Activities
- What is Causation? Information Sheet
- Causation Card Sort
- Causes of World War Two Card Sort
- Causation Wordsearch

Section 2
The Treaty of Versailles
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13

- Information
- Suggested Activities
- Effects of the Treaty on the German People Activity
Sheet
- Hitler and the Treaty of Versailles Writing Frame
- Versailles Treaty Anagrams and Versailles Feelings
Anagrams
- Treaty of Versailles Wordsearch
- Treaty of Versailles Crossword

Section 3
Hitler's Actions
Page 14,15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20

- Information Pages
- Suggested Activities
- What Hitler Did Blank Timeline Frame
- What Hitler did and Allies Response Blank Table
- Hitler's Actions Wordsearch
- Hitler's Actions Crossword

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Section 4
The Policy of Appeasement
Page 21,22
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Page 25
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Page 28
Page 29
Page 30

- Information Pages
- Arguments For and Against Appeasement
- Suggested Activities
- Arguments For and Against Appeasement
Statement Sorting Activity
- Appeasement Debate Guidelines
- Appeasement Debate Preparation Sheet
- Appeasement Wordsearch
- Appeasement Acrosstick
- Appeasement Acrosstick (differentiated)

Section 5
Failure of the League of Nations
Page 31,32
Page 33,34
Page 35
Page 36,37
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Page 39
Page 40
Page 41

- Information Pages
- League of Nations Sources and Explanations
- Suggested Activities
- League of Nations Sources Activity sheets
- League of Nations Sources Activity Sheet (higher)
- League of Nations What If? Activity sheet
- Failure of the League of Nations Wordsearch
- League of Nations Crossword

Section 6
Assessment
4 Page Assessment Paper

Section 7
Answers
Answers to Puzzles
Curriculum Levelled Markscheme for Assessment Paper

Section 10
Answers
WWII Causes Information & Activity Book

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World War Two began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany’s invasion of Poland. The war ended in Europe on 6th May 1945 when Germany surrendered. The war with Japan ended on 15th August 1945, following the dropping of two atomic bombs on the islands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Historians very rarely make sweeping statements that pinpoint the cause of a war to one single action. The British historian A J P Taylor described wars as being like road traffic accidents “There are some conditions and situations that make them more likely but there can be no system for predicting where and when each one will occur”. Other historians disagree saying that wars cannot be seen as accidental events, that there is always a point where a conscious decision is made to resort to armed conflict.

Historians do agree that it is necessary to look beyond the immediate events preceding a war when looking for an explanation of the causes of wars. The events that contribute to the break out of war can be divided into long term causes, short term causes and a trigger event.

With regard to the outbreak of World War Two the following events are seen as being contributing factors:
1. Treaty of Versailles – 1919
2. Weakness of the League of Nations – established 1920
3. Hitler’s rise to power –...
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