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Keywords: Hitler, Google docs, digital projects, History, Holocaust
Subject(s): History, Writing, Technology
Grade P-K
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
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School: Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass, OR
Planned By: Rita Phillips
Original Author: Rita Phillips, Grants Pass
Butterfly Effect Project: The Rise of Hitler Unit

Oregon State SS Literary Standards Addressed by this Project:

•Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
•Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
•Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing.

National Education Technology Standards Addressed by this Project:
•Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
•Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
•Students will locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
•Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources

Career Objectives Expected from Students:

•Project will be turned in on or before due date.
•Project will be complete and neatly done.
•Student will be self-directed and not need prodding to work on project in class.

BIG QUESTION: How would history have been different if one negative event in Hitler’s early life not happened?

1.Research and discover five important events that happened in 5 different countries because Hitler became Fuhrer.
* Tell about each of the 5 events in 2-3 sentences
* Make sure to include dates, names (if relevant), and specific locations.
* Write in your own words; plagiarism will not be tolerated.
* Keep track of your sources by saving the web address of each source.
* Use at least 3 different sources.

2.Now pick 2 of those events and explain how those events would have been impacted by the altering of one negative event in Hitler’s early life.
* Write a paragraph for each with your explanations of the “Butterfly Effect” on each of these events.

3. Finally, pick one of those events and expand (in a fictional account) on the impact of 1 individual’s life had that one event in Hitler’s life been different.
*This is the digital portion of the project.

•Provide images, graphs, charts, or videos to enhance your project.
•End your project with your citations; use www.easybib.com
•You will have one week in the lab.
•Use Google Docs to take notes and share your doc with me.

•www. popplet.com

link to explain the Butterfly Effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x4e8xTvQh8

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Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Reading, writing (expository & fictional), history, technology
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